On Faith and Martyrdom, by Regis MartinSeptember 20, 2021
The Afghanistization of America, by Victor Davis HansonSeptember 20, 2021
By Dwight Longenecker, The Stream, Sept. 18, 2021
Dwight Longenecker’s latest book is Beheading Hydra — A Radical Plan for Christians in an Atheistic Age. Visit his blog, browse his books, and be in touch at dwightlongenecker.com.
I was brought up in an Evangelical Protestant home where the principle of tithing was woven into our world view. My dad was a deacon and Sunday School teacher in our local church. He was also a businessman with his own retail clothing store.
He also tithed 15% of his income before taxes. He did this faithfully even though he was supporting a wife and five kids, had a mortgage on the house and business, and the store was (for no fault of his own) going into a nosedive.
In eighth grade economics class we had to make a pie chart of our family’s income and expenditures. I will never forget working on the chart in class and the teacher tapped me on the shoulder, looked at the chart, and said, “Dwight, I think you made a mistake here. You have it down that your folks give 15% of their income to charity. I think that should be 1.5% don’t you?” …