by Archdeacon Howard Stringfellow
8 December 2011
What plan do you have, or does your parish have, for beginning to tithe? By its nature, because of its costliness, tithing cannot begin accidentally. You begin intentionally if you begin.
Dan Charney, the Stewardship Missioner of the Diocese, preaches passionately and eloquently about the tithe, or the practice of giving ten percent of one’s income or produce to the Lord. Since I came to this Diocese in 1993, I have heard more here about tithing than I had heard altogether before or since from other people including clergy. Tithing enjoys a long and widespread history. Religions of people other than the Israelites refer to it and expect it. Dan’s ministry stakes the claim that tithing is expected here also, and I admire him for it. He witnesses no failure of nerve on this subject, and he is the better leader for taking a stand.
He is of age; we can ask him, of course, but his stewardship talks have emphasized three reasons to tithe that I list in the priority he gives them.