Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Odds and ends...

Tidbits from FOTF's Pastor's Weekly Briefing.

Church leaders take note: Churches who teach giving often find more money in their collection plates, according to a "Money Management" survey sponsored by Kingdom Bank. The more churches teach about giving, the more people give — even to giving an extra 26 percent, compared to people whose churches do not teach this concept.

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court chose to let stand a lower-court ruling that allows communities to place strict limits on sexually oriented businesses. In letting the regulations stand — for the Union Township outside of Cincinnati — the Supreme Court provided a blueprint for other communities to clamp down on such businesses. Daniel Weiss, senior analyst for media and sexuality at Focus on the Family Action, said the decision means cities can regulate sexually oriented businesses with three stipulations: How the business is operated, what time it opens and closes and where it can be located. Weiss warned that such businesses will be on the prowl for towns that have let their guard down.

"I'm always a little bit irritated when I hear the criticism of abstinence, because abstinence is absolutely 100 percent effective in eradicating a sexually transmitted disease. In a part of the world where one in three people have a sexually transmitted deadly disease, you have to talk about abstinence, you really have to. In many countries where girls feel obligated to comply with the wishes of men, girls need to know that abstinence is a choice." —First Lady Laura Bush during her recent trip to West Africa.

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1 comment:

Douglas said...

Someone recently told me that only 10% of all Christians tithe. They didn't elaborate. What do you know about that?