Friday Stream of Consciousness – 56 – Black Friday Edition

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Here are some things on my mind this Friday morning:

•Today is referred to as “Black Friday” by many, and many Christians hate this day because it reeks of materialism and greed. It certainly does for some people, however, shopping when sales are going on doesn’t seems less like greed to me and more like wisdom.
•Having said that, I hate that some people spend Thanksgiving camped out in front of a Best Buy somewhere. That is greedy.
•No sales pitch here–but I do all my shopping on Amazon Prime whenever possible. No lines, best prices, already in a box we can wrap. Love it.
•I’m heading to the USC-Notre Dame game this Saturday. I was expecting it to be USC’s last test before the national championship game. No one foresaw it would be Notre Dame prepping for the national title game and USC making their tee times for the off-season.
•I’m taking Emily (my wife) with me, and it will be her first college football game ever. It’s already a great rivalry, but the Coliseum with College Game Day there…it’s going to be quite a baptism.
•One of my favorite paintings is a mural on the outside of the Long Beach Senior Citizen’s Center, entitled, “The Melody of Life.” It’s a painting that teaches the history of the city, but portrays various cultures at their most fun-loving and peaceful.

Making Tough Church Budgeting Decisions

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If you have clear mission and roles for those involved in the budget process, making tough decisions about how to allocate the church’s resources is easier, but it’s still tough. All of the ministry a church is involved in is good. Saying no is difficult no matter what. However, wise churches will learn to say […]