Posts Tagged ‘Doctrine’

The Tithes That Bind

Posted by John Lindsay on 15th August 2015 in Christian Articles, Christian Doctrine, Op Ed

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An in-law recently asked my wife to do them a small favor. They offered to pay us. We said, “don’t be silly” then they insisted – you know the drill. When my wife told me she didn’t feel comfortable taking money from them, she couldn’t verbalize why which got me thinking. We see this couple at nearly every family event but we don’t consider each other family. They each make a good living so the money doesn’t mean anything. So why offer payment in a form which means so little to them and even less to us? They could have invited us over for dinner which would possibly draw us closer together. Such an act would honor the recipient. Making payment reduces someone to the status of an employee.

The couple had no intention of using the money to do anything but say thanks, but such disconnects are likely due to a matter of faith; when one embraces man’s economic system while the other trusts in God’s. Read the rest of this entry »

True Value

Posted by John Lindsay on 12th March 2013 in Christian Articles, News

My wife Laura recently took me to see our safe deposit box for the first time. She played tour guide while we viewed the contents together as if she were showing me the Crown jewels. It was interesting what was valuable to her. There were a couple of non-silver silver dollars (It’s interesting that we are still associating the word “silver” to a dollar in order to keep the illusion of its perceived stability and value alive). She then opened an envelope containing about ten $2 bills and a couple of $25 savings bonds that had reached maturity in the early 80’s. I tried to mimic her enthusiasm. Next in the exhibit were two singles and a $5 bill circa 1954. Read the rest of this entry »

The Perfect Gift

It is of utmost importance that we, as writers and producers of Bible-based work get our facts strait. The sketch “The Perfect Gift” was written and produced in 2008 at Detroit World Outreach and is a prime example of live drama, video and preaching (see video link below). The reference made in the sketch about the Magi meeting up with Mary and Joseph when Jesus was two years old was based on Matthew 2:16 but was incorrectly interpreted. There is no question that the Magi were an integral part of God’s plan to protect Jesus from King Herod, however there is no evidence that the Magi were at the birth nor is it feasible to think that it took them two years to arrive. Read the rest of this entry »