The Membership Certificate

The Membership Certificate

The other day I was going through an old box of papers, pictures and frames, and I came across something meaningful. It was a copy of my membership certificate in the United Methodist church. I was in 6th grade at our church in Union City, IN. For those of you who...
The Future Windfall

The Future Windfall

Two questions:  First, can you imagine an amount of money that would earn more than $5.0 billion ($5,000,000,000) per day?  Yes, 65 trillion dollars (65,000,000,000,000), at 3% return, would earn over $5 billion per day in interest. Second question:  Why would I ask...
More Like Christ

More Like Christ

According to a poll conducted by ACS Technologies here, more than half of Americans list themselves as “Christian”.  That is quite a lot, however, it is 15 million fewer persons than in 2011.  In an article sharing the data, it states that the combined...
Preparing the 2023 Budget

Preparing the 2023 Budget

Those in church life know that the season of budgeting is soon upon us.  Just as churches need a plan to receive money, they need a plan to spend it.  Sadly, some churches don’t think strategically about connecting their budget with their ministry.  Rather, they just...
The Junk Drawer

The Junk Drawer

Most of us have a junk drawer. It is that place we accumulate everything we might want to grab one day, but seldom do. Mine has always been in the kitchen. I was looking in it the other day, hunting a twist tie for a bag of bread. I found plenty of things—toothpicks,...