Sunday, January 30, 2011

43,000 Dollars Under the Water

That pretty much describes the current state of the church budget.

Did anybody catch the name of the creature that has us in its grip?


  1. One wonders whether anyone as tipped to the correlation between what comes from the pulpit and what's put in the collection plate.

  2. Kelso4:58 PM

    Seems to me that when we had the 1928 BCP and a male clergy we were the most admired denomination in America - with enough trust funds to purchase several medium-sized countries. Parishes were full and we were building more....and in just one generation we've lost it all and become THE laughing-stock of American religion. Thanks House of Bishops!

  3. Randall,

    I can almost here the preachers blurting out, "But, but, people need to hear about love and not about sin!"

    A lot of both would go down well if served with a little humble pie.

  4. Kelso,

    Quite right, but don't forget the House of Deputies.

    The laity, albeit kept Biblically illiterate with the help of their leaders, did their part in contributing to the downfall.

    How many tentacles does it take to drag down the proud?

  5. Anonymous9:22 PM

    I continue to believe that while the ECUSA saga morphs from farce to tragedy, Christianity is poised for dramatic growth.

  6. To answer your question to Kelso, not many. The taller you stand and the more your nose points up, the tippier you are.

  7. Nickie,

    I pray that the Lord will see it so.

  8. Matthew,

    You are soooo right.

    But why do the noses still point up?

    Blindness to reality? Hubris?

  9. ToilNotSpin1:15 AM

    Kelso, I am in my seventies and do not know your age, of course, but have been Episcopalian all my life. I too prefer the 1928 BCP, but there was a great deal of time when the EC was considered deeply prejudiced, deeply anti-female, and far from being the most admired domination in America, we were considered stuffy, out of touch with the world, and indifferent to the sufferings of others. I agree that the pendulum has swung too far the other way, and I deplore it---but let us not sentimentalize some of the problems the church had in the past as well as the present.