Un-suck…

Gigantic props to my friend John Keane for coming through with a new car stereo for us. As it turns out, when he totaled his truck he ended up with a brand-new stereo he no longer had a use for. Tonight we went to Circuit City to get the right connections and a mere $20 later we were back in action! We ended up with a stereo that is actually worth twice as much as our original. Best of all, it’s even satellite ready! (Very tempting given those long drives through the radio wasteland that is Central NY on the way to Cheryl’s folks)

Now that’s the how the body of Christ is supposed to work! 😆

Seriously man, thanks a ton. One of the absolute nicest things anyone has done for me and my family. I can’t promise it won’t just get lifted again in a week, but at the very least you have my word that I will always remember to remove the face plate.

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7 thoughts on “Un-suck…

  1. I meant by giving me valuable stuff for free, of course! 😆

    What? Did you mean in an Acts 4 sort of way?

    “All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. From time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.” – Acts 4:32-35

    *sidebar*

    It has always stood out to me the stark contrast between the way the church put their financial resources to use in the first church, versus how most church budgets look today.

    In the early church, “giving” meant the sacrificial redistribution of wealth and the reallocation of resources among those in the community. Today, it means making a tax deductible donation that mostly goes toward covering the staff salaries and building overhead.

    In the early church they “all” shared “everything” they had so that there would be “no needy persons among them.” Now, only a small portion of church members give. And those who do give less than five percent (according to Ron Sider’s “The Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience”).

    “Some of the believers lived in community together – the rest were content just to show up for the show on Sunday and bitch from the sidelines. Everyone felt a sense of entitlement concerning their possessions, and hoarded as many material things as they could for themselves. Barely anyone testified to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus – leaving that for the trained professionals. And God’s grace was so seriously lacking in their hearts that there were not only many needy people among them, but millions of people around the world were living in extreme poverty. For from time to time those who owned land or houses built enormous additions on them, borrowing above their heads and spiraling their families deeper into debt. Occasionally they would give some money out of their excess – typically when guilted into it – and the apostles deposited it into the building fund.” – Acts 4:32-35 (CSRV – Cynic’s Scathing Review Version)

  2. I don’t know if it’s still possible, but 30 years ago as I drove around the long stretches of upstate NY, I’d flick on the AM and listen to the Grand Ol Oprey being broadcast from a station in Wheeling West Virginia.

    (What I just wrote makes me want to tack on a “by cracky!”)

  3. That was long before the government stepped in. Since “deregulation” the mom and pop radio station has become pretty much obsolete. Gigantic radio conglomerates know what the people really want to hear – don’t you know…

    Once in a while, while traveling through the vast radio wasteland from Binghamton to NYC we’ll catch NPR or some other worthwhile radio (THE OLDIES!).

    But, generally speaking, we thank the Almighty for inventing mp3 technology and load up a CD with our favorite music, sermons, etc.

  4. heh im glad it worked out! Im also glad you didnt get the “cat’s paw” measuring spoons i sent to my mom instead : p I got nervous when I couldnt find the tracking things.

  5. Aww. Cats paw measuring spoons. That’s so cute John-John! 😆

    Sorry I never dropped you an email to let you know it arrived. I figured you’d see the blog post. Don’t you know you’re supposed to visit here every waking moment?

  6. “In the early church, “giving” meant the sacrificial redistribution of wealth and the reallocation of resources among those in the community. Today, it means making a tax deductible donation that mostly goes toward covering the staff salaries and building overhead.”

    THIS IS EXCELLENT!

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