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The Church Treasurer: Reporting, Credit Cards, and Other Tips

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My wife was in pre-op for delicate tear duct surgery this past Monday. Two surgeons were involved: an otorhinolaryngologist and an ophthalmologist. The younger of the two, the ENT doctor marked Kathee’s left eye – it’s this one. In walked the older of the two1 who announced, “I’m not a surgeon, but I did sleep in a Holiday Inn Express last night.”2 Well, he really is a surgeon and I’m not an accountant and I haven’t slept in Holiday Inn Express in years! But I am resolved to follow GAAP3 and EFCA standards on financial reporting:

ECFA Standard 3 - Financial Oversight:

Every organization shall prepare complete and accurate financial statements. …

The financial statements (and the disclosure of the financial statements) are key components of transparency, both within the ministry and to donors and the public. This flows directly from biblical principles: “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed” (John 3:19–20 NIV).

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Are We Outsourcing Our Brains to Google?

"Cars, light bulbs, telephones, and compact discs exist outside of us. When we engage with social media, however, when we take information from blogs and make it our own, we are merging our hearts and minds with a machine. Blithely, we continue apace in this transformation, most often unaware of the change we are undergoing." - Intellectual Takeout

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Reversing the Trend of ‘Half-Work’ and Constant Connectivity

"I cannot count the number of times I have found myself staring at a computer screen, wondering where the last fifteen minutes have gone because I have started work without a clear goal in mind and allowed myself to get distracted. This sort of half-work has the potential to rob me of time at my workplace and, as well, to steal time from other projects (like writing on the productive use of time) that I do for fun." - IFWE

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The Surprising Enemy of the Modern Church: Distraction

“At the dawn of the attention industries, then, religion was still, in a very real sense, the incumbent operation, the only large-scale human endeavor designed to capture attention and use it. But over the twentieth century, organized religion, which had weathered the doubts raised by the Enlightenment, would prove vulnerable to other claims on and uses for attention.” - Facts & Trends

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“Why has social media become a search for social approval? And why does this matter so much to us that it consumes some people’s lives?”

"In previous cultures, Marar argues, this need for justification was found chiefly in gods and traditions but in our secularizing age we can only find it in each other. Social media is just one more indication that this project is not working." - Russel Moore 

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No Squishy Love, No Brutal Truth

"The Bible calls us to both truth and love—not some squishy love that refuses to name error, but also not some truth that is harsh and brutal....This love is gentle and forbearing (because God is gentle and forbearing). This love is willing to move slowly and to rejoice at small gains (because God is willing to move slowly and to rejoice at small gains). It doesn’t give up easily, doesn’t have unrealistic expectations, and doesn’t assume ill motives." - Challies 

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