Thursday, January 8, 2009

If your church has a house for its clergy, or pays them a housing allowance, thank Rick Warren

Not a new story, but since Rick Warren is in the news these days it's worth remembering.

Pastor Warren (when I was in Orange County, CA, he lived in an upper-middle class home much more modest than many of the properties in the area) spent many thousands of his own dollars to resist activist judges' attempts to tax pastors out of their church-provided housing.

Ultimately, Warren won his case and helped influence Congress to clarify laws protecting clergy housing.

What a contrast to the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, who is spending millions of church members' dollars to throw Christians out of their sanctuaries.

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