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Of the “Ice Bucket Challenge” and Matthew 6

By now everyone knows and many have participated in the so called “Ice Bucket Challenge” with the intent to help charity. It is absolutely wonderful that someone helps charities and, often, the motivations and ulterior motives for one doing so, are ignored on behalf of the end result of an act of charity, regardless as to whether such act is sincere or just a stunt. One of the greatest marketing campaign in my opinion, in the field of charity as a skillful way to make people publicly demonstrate their charity by using the proverbial “blowing the trumpet” through getting

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I.R.S. to monitor sermons now? Yoohoo, they may be saved!

Read here If the article linked is true there will be many interesting and rather unexpected results. The immediate one is that some black churches will be hurt the most as they are the ones who invite candidates that not necessarily share their faith,  but promise (and never fulfill) to fight for what African Americans consider to be their issues. However, if this becomes a manner in which Pastors will dedicate their very short time with their congregation to the exposition if the Gospel exclusively, it may not be such a bad thing. The problem is that most pastors


Do something good with what’d you spend at McDonald’s this week @kiva

First, sign up here. We are a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. Learn more about how it works. Now look – many of you, like me, want to help others out – and not by giving them the fish, but by helping to provide a loan for them to buy the fishing pole… a loan they will pay back and you can loan to others. Or not.


C S Lewis on thinking and atheism

  “Supposing there was no intelligence behind the universe, no creative mind. In that case, nobody designed my brain for the purpose of thinking. It is merely that when the atoms inside my skull happen, for physical or chemical reasons, to arrange themselves in a certain way, this gives me, as a by-product, the sensation I call thought. But, if so, how can I trust my own thinking to be true? It’s like upsetting a milk jug and hoping that the way it splashes itself will give you a map of London. But if I can’t trust my own


The Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton Charitable Gift Fund

This makes me pretty happy! Anything to support our newest royal couple! Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton have created a charitable gift fund to help celebrate their wedding. The fund will focus on assisting charities which support the five causes chosen by the couple. These causes are close to their hearts and reflect the experiences, passions and values of their lives so far. Having been touched by the goodwill shown to them since their engagement, they have asked that anyone wishing to send them a wedding gift consider doing so in the form of a donation to the


Let’s Help Nathan Out

By participating in Walk 4 Water, Nathan is helping raise funds to provide clean water for thousands of people around the world who currently have no source of clean water. By sponsoring Nathan, you can become a partner with him in this effort! Nathan’s Fundraising Goal: Personal Goal: $50 Raised So Far: $70 Nathan has reached his goal! Make a donation now to help him exceed his expectations!


Knowing the Poor vs Helping the Poor

“I realize that my first and primary role for the church is to figure how we can know the poor,” she said. “Once we learn how to do that, and do that in a different and mutual friendship…then we can also figure out how we can learn from each other…It’s not so much what we are doing. It’s being in friendship with them and knowing them. That’s a challenge for folks who aren’t used to that, but it’s also a calling.” While we can clothe and feed and help the poor in our communities, I like Jaylynn Byassee’s take…