Category Archives: Memo From The Mountains

Fail to Hire Someone with a Criminal Record – You Could Be Sued! Part 2

Well the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has now gone even farther with its “Enforcement Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest and Conviction Records”.  The EEOC was concerned that “criminal record exclusions have a disparate impact based on race and national origin.”  Most businesses and churches perform background checks on potential employees, but the EEOC […]

Disappointed, But At Peace

The election is over and a blanket of mourning hangs over most Christians.  Its time to lift our heads up and to move forward.  It is not the end of the world and God is not wringing his hands.  God gave us a chance to do right and our country chose to vote anti-God and […]

Unsafe Baby Cribs Could Be Costly to Churches

The US Consumer Product Safety Commission established stricter mandatory standards for baby cribs which went into effect June 28, 2011.  After that date all baby cribs manufactured, sold or resold in the United States must have fixed sides, sturdier slats, and stronger hardware and supports.  The new standards take effect  on December 28, 2012 for […]

The President is not a Bible Scholar.

The President of the United States in his May 9 announcement of his support for same-sex marriage used the quote from Jesus in Matthew 7:12 known to most of us as the ‘Golden Rule’.  The President said “…but its also the Golden Rule, you know, treat others the way you would want to be treated…..and […]

Fail to Hire Someone with a Criminal Record—–You Could Be Sued!

Amazing as that sounds the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has suggested that the use of criminal record checks may violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  Is this government gone amuck?  Most employers and churches who work with minors have used criminal record checks to reduce the possibility of hiring persons […]

Church Error Costs Taxpayer $25,171.00 Deduction

The Tax Court in Durden, TC Memo 2012-140, disallowed the taxpayers’ charitable contribution because the church failed to provide a properly completed contemporaneous written acknowledgment of the contribution (receipt).  Several years ago the Service changed the rules for acknowledging contributions of $250.00 or more.  No longer would cancelled checks be sufficient to prove the contribution. […]

Is the Church Losing Its Future?

The Barna Group asked people what word or phrases best described Christianity.  Among the 16-29 age group that word was “anti-homosexual”.  91% of non-Christians and 80% of young churchgoers agreed.  The next most common negative images were “judgmental” and “hypocritical”.  Christian “hostility toward gays….., writes David Kinnaman, has become virtually synonymous with the Christian faith.”  […]

What Do You Call Her?

The news media is centered on the name Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke, the past president of Georgetown Law Students for Reproductive Justice, after her testimony in favor of health insurance provided contraceptives.  She indicated a cost of nearly $3,000.00 during law school (usually three years) to provide contraceptives.  Mr. Limbaugh chose to call her a “slut” which […]

Silence Is Agreement!

We must realize that Freedom of Religion is under attack here in the United States and its time for the church to speak up about what is going on in our nation.  The church cannot be silent anymore.  With the government siding with every group which wants to remove crosses from public property shows the […]

THE FALLING MAN

I was watching the History Channel to other day and came upon a program called The Falling Man.  It concerned a picture taken of a man falling from one of the twin towers on September 11, 2001.  They have not been able with any assurance to identify the individual in the picture.  A few days […]