It is time to retire the tithe as a number, and return to the original idea of tithe as thank-offering. It is time to think again about stewardship in terms of discipleship. How does our giving affect our serving God and our neighbors? How might we give more of ourselves away? How can we become the 13th disciple?
a sermon for the 19th Sunday after Pentecost
W.C. Fields was a popular comedian of the 1930s and ’40s who had a reputation for hating children, loving booze, and being pretty cynical about life in general. He also didn’t have much use for religion. One day, as W.C. Fields lay dying in a hospital bed, a visitor actually caught him reading the Bible. When the friend asked him what he was doing, the dying comedian replied, “looking for a loophole.”