A week ago I emailed my wife at work after I read a passage from the book of Luke. Here’s what I read: Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also (12:33-34). And here’s what I wrote: I don’t want to be one of those guys who meets Jesus face-to-face and says, “I thought that was a metaphor.” Carly and I have … Continue reading Where We’ve Been Swimming Lately
I love Mondays. You see, I have Mondays off. So I get to kind of relax as I spend time with the Lord in his word. There’s (usually) no distractions and no work to go too. As I sat down on the couch this afternoon, I looked around our apartment and said, “Lord, you have given us so much stuff. We aren’t poor.” Carly and I both have average-paying jobs — and I work part-time at our local French retailer, Target — but we have more than, not just the average person in the world, but probably the average American. … Continue reading “We are rich. Filthy rich.”
This is staggering. For the 2009 work year: The bottom 50% of earners will pay $0 in Federal Income Taxes. The top 1% of earners will pay 40.5% of taxes. The top 5% will pay 60.6% of taxes. The top 10% will pay 71.2% of taxes. Here is a helpful infograph from Mint.com to break these numbers down. HT: Eternity Matters Continue reading Who is paying taxes?
If our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say they are too small. There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot do because our charities expenditure excludes them…Sometimes our pride also hinders our charity; we are tempted to spend more than we ought on the showy forms of generosity (tipping, hospitality) and less than we ought on those who really need our help. – C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity Continue reading Oh to be a Giver Like This
There’s a differencing between saying “I feel your pain” and “I’m experiencing your pain with you.” I leave for South Africa in three weeks for a 28 day missions project with Campus Crusade. I’ll be going back there for a year in January as a full-time, short term missionary. I only have one goal for our trip this July. I want to be able to cry for people, with people. I can say that I have definitely felt other people’s pain, brokenness, and loss. But I don’t experience it like a Christian is commanded to. Paul says, “Weep with those who weep” … Continue reading Experiencing Other People’s Pain as Opposed to Feeling it