Tradition, Truth, and Transparency

In a recent conversation with a group of Korean-American pastors and elders, I asked why Korean-American churches were not applying for ECFA-accreditation and choosing to walk in the light with regard to financial accountability and transparency. They replied, “It’s our culture!” Carefully I continued. “What about your culture prohibits you?” At first, they said, “Korean churches loves their pastors, but we do not want anyone to know how much we pay our pastors.” Then they added, “We also do not want people to know how much money we have.” Another reasoned, “If financial mismanagement issues arise, we lose face, so […]

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How To Grow Giver’s Hearts

It was a cold and clear Sunday morning last winter in Portland. We exited our church building having just heard a great sermon which touched on themes of social justice and generosity. On the sidewalk at the foot of the church steps was a Central American woman with four young children, and a sign that said “Hungry – please help.” What a set up! Having just heard the sermon, sung songs and prayed prayers, we were confronted with a real, live, opportunity to immediately respond to a hurting family. What would each one of us actually do? Give her money? […]

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Stewardship to Joint Ownership

In the ham and eggs story, the chicken boasted to the Pig, “Do you realise how faithfully I sacrifice an egg a day to serve breakfast to our master?” …the pig simply replied – “but today I will give my very life to satisfy my master”!   I think it is time to operate not merely as sincere and sacrificial managers but as selfless sons who are willing to give their very lives to satisfy the master’s passion! Let us begin by understanding our heavenly master’s expressed longing to us! We all know that the Great commission of Christ to […]

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