Saturday, November 3, 2007


"our material resources are so stupendous that we are in danger of coming to trust in riches rather than in God."
- J. Campbell White, 25 years ago

"all the money needed to send and support an army of self-sacrificing, joy-spreading ambassadors is already in the church. But we are not giving it."
- John Piper

During the Great Depression, Protestants were giving 3.2% of their income to their churches. By 2004 (when Americans were over 450% richer) Protestants were giving 2.56% of their income to their churches.

American churches probably spend too much of their resources on themselves... ie 'fixed' expenses like salaries, buildings, and budgets and not enough on outreach to the communities in which they exist but most importantly, the world. (add to that: I spend too much of 'my' resources on myself... my 'fixed' expenses)

(back to the facts)
"missions, not same-culture evangelism by nationals, will finish the Great Commission."
- John Piper

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