As we end the year, the big credit crunch of 2009 has brought megachurch leader Rick Warren into the news again. He’s had a very up-and-down year, starting with the inauguration of a new US president and ending with this impassioned appeal for $900,000 before the clock strikes midnight today. The more you have to start with, the more you have to lose, but most of the world’s Christians won’t be shedding too many tears, and the idea that (as the article in today’s Orange County Register suggests) the faithful of Saddleback will come up with that kind of cash by the deadline maybe just suggests that they’re not as hard up as they seem. Or is it all a publicity stunt to get themselves noticed?
More interesting to the church mice is this sign we saw recently in Hong Kong:
Of course, that metropolis is a bit of a consumerist paradise itself – but don’t you just love this as a statement about life, love, community, gospel, God. This one picture expresses our own prayerful aspirations for 2010 better than any number of words (or dollars, euros, pounds …). May all our readers experience the same sense of simple yet deep connections in the coming year.