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From The Branches Blog

“…And When Did the Church Know?”

guest post by Martha E. Banks, Ph.D.

The question of the hour is “When did you know?”

People are asking that question of the employers, coworkers, and superiors of those who have been victimized by sexual harassers. Sadly, many people around the victim were aware of the harassment, but excused or ignored the behavior of the harassers without attending to the needs of the known victims or protecting potential victims. The rest of us are left shaking our heads at the additional damage caused by their silence.

Thanks to the unrelenting news coverage, we are aware …



When It Comes to Stewardship, What Is Required?

guest post by John Zimmerman

For decades, the giving of a tithe has become the go-to standard to understand faithful stewardship in the church. The practice of tithing is a universally embraced belief in the Church that outlines the expectation of our giving. Most sermons on stewardship and most stewardship campaigns adopt the tithe as the foundational principle and benchmark for how much we should give. This has certainly been true in my local church leadership over the past three decades…until recently.

I found myself wrestling with the widely held and accepted beliefs about tithing, teachings that have been handed down to …