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The Sort of Giving that Gets God Excited

The Sort of Giving that Gets God Excited

Well, my last blog post – Why I Don’t Believe in Tithing – certainly set the cat amongst the pigeons, with some lively discussion to and fro – which is awesome. Some people of course remain unconvinced – they see tithing as an important part of being a Christian.

I don’t, because I believe that grace opens the door to a whole new level of giving. A “New Covenant” alternative if you like, to the legalism of the tithe. Here’s what I’m talking about …

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Why I Don’t Believe in Tithing

Why I Don’t Believe in Tithing

 

When I told people at my church that this Sunday, I was going to preach a message called “Why I Don’t Believe in Tithing” – well, you can imagine!  A few people were a bit twitchy about that.

But the long and the short of it is that I don’t believe in tithing. At least not the sort of tithing that much of the church teaches us about.  Here’s why:

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How will your epitaph read?

How will your epitaph read?

There’s an interesting question. When you’re dead and gone and they put an epitaph on your headstone, what will it say?

I was at a 60th birthday party recently.  Not quite the same as a funeral, but it was nevertheless a time when family and friends stood up and eulogised – literally “spoke well of” – the birthday boy, David. A lot of it was humorous, but there was one thing that one of his sons said about dad, that hit me between the eyes:

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