The Pastor No-Tipper: Why Everyday Hospitality Matters


This past week, all over the Internets has been a story on a receipt posted by an Applebees waitress that is pictured above. The diner was part of a large party and per restaurant custom the 18% gratuity (halfway between 15% for okay service and 20% for good servi) was automatically added to the party’s […]

Faking Christianity for Social Acceptance

Via Richard Beck, here’s an interesting social phenomenon: faking being a Christian so Christians don’t ostracize you from your child’s playdates. We are agnostics living deep in the heart of Texas and our family fakes Christianity for social reasons. It’s not so much for the sake of my husband or myself but for our young […]

Your Relationship with God is Misdirected

Quick hit (and trying out this “blogging from google reader” thing)…Professor Richard Beck writes the following great article on what practical ways that Christians might want to start working on if they truly want to embody the love of Christ. The Bait and Switch of Contemporary Christianity: “ A few years ago a female student […]

Stop Being a Friendly Church [mission.hack]

A mission.hack is defined here. We look at mission statements or at mission initiatives and examine different ways of expressing them. Hacking them…if you will. Yesterday, I attended a presentation by Doug Ruffle, PhD, of the New Jersey area of the UMC who came and did a presentation on church growth and tools for evangelism. […]