Guarranteed to stir the clergy masses into paroxisms of righteous indignation would be if congress, as a part of a comprehensive tax reform, attempted to make changes to our Sacred Clergy Tax Break, the minister’s housing allowance. It’s a little early to speculate but, as pundits are want to do, there is speculation afoot: Tax […]
There are others who know more. I’ll link their stuff as I see it. Basic facts: The Freedom From Religion Foundation is suing over this question: The question in this case is whether Congress may give a subset of religious employees an income tax exemption for which no one else qualifies. At issue is the constitutionality […]
This was expected. Same court. Same judge. Too late for me to slog through the decision tonight. I’ll let some GuideStone and ERLC people on the payroll do that. …and have a nice weekend.
…and that’s good news. It’s not up by much, 0.71%, but an increase and the third consecutive such increase has to be mildly encouraging to Southern Baptists. The CP total received by the Executive Committee was $197.1 million. The total CP, including the majority share that state conventions keep and do not forward to Nashville […]
*******’s mother told the AJC they had attempted suicide two years ago and had battled depression for most of their life. This line from a story in my local paper about a sad case, and this is the media phrase for it, of “suicide by cop.” An individual was in a confrontation with campus police […]
Cooperative Program escrowing is rare, but evidently highly leveraged. Earlier in the year a prominent megapastor and megachurch announced that they were escrowing CP gifts over statements coming out of the ERLC. This was resolved but while the Executive Committee’s attention was on the matter, they voted to do a study. It was implied that numerous […]
The IMB’s report of their recent trustee meeting included information about their budget for the coming fiscal year, October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. The total budget is $262 million. The Board’s budget is by far the largest of all Southern Baptist entities and is slightly more than the combined totals of all six […]