Posts Tagged ‘tax-exempt’

You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men (2 Corinthians 3:2 NKJV)

No, that's not a 70s headband he's rocking

No, that's not a 70s headband he's rocking

So, we are supposed to be “read of all men.” It’s good because a lifestyle lived in front of people should keep us accountable, transparent and above all, “known” by all men.

Frankly, there is only group of folk known for hanging out in a closet… and Christians should not be it! That said…

Meet Richard Dukes: former car thief, ex-con gone good, jailhouse convert and a man on a mission to prove it.

He was so serious about his new found commitment to Christ that upon release from prison, he didn’t go see his mama, his woman or his homies.

No, Rich here gets nice and mixes in a visit to his neighborhood tattoo parlor to get his Jesus scars on.

That’s right, crucifixion fans.

Rich decides to mimic every scar, down the last thorn prick across his brow, that Jesus experienced en route to Golgotha.

“I’m in the Lord’s gang now,” Dukes says. “These are his colors.”

Represent, brother. I don’t know how you envision finding Missus Dukes at the next church bake sale with all that ink, but at least you have one heavenuva conversation starter.

“So, Richard. Is that a crown of thorns?”

“You like?”

“Well… um… it’s… uh… cute.”

“Yeah?! Maybe if we get to know each other better, I’ll let you check out my back.”

What. Up. Go ahead. Jesus high-five. Oh sorry. Don’t want the ink to run on your hands. Nevermind. Just wave at me.

my-blue-heaven-copeland-styleI think I am in the stark minority, but I believe SOME of the chosen flock who have global ministries need a jet to get around and avoid flying coach.

The Saints are freakishly worse than paparazzi! I have seen a big named preacher get off a plane (one I was consulting), and get mobbed by the throngs of folk who believed just because we were on the red eye that this minister was the only one who didn’t need to catch a healing for sleep deprivation.

That said, when you – O’ Preacher of the Friendly Skies – use said learjet for hunting expeditions, hanging out with your favorite political candidate (seen pictured here on a retreat, I believe), vacations to your second home and wine tastings halfway around the world, you need to hand over those keys because after all, I helped pay for that jet… not you.

So, as I was reading the Fort Worth [Texas] Star-Telegram, you can imagine my chagrin when I saw this story about Kenneth Copeland and his precious air limousine being dubbed NOT tax-exempt by the Tarrant County Appraisal District.

Jeffery D. Law, Tarrant chief appraiser, said the jet was denied tax exemption because the ministry failed to disclose salaries of directors as an application requires. Law said the ministry, based in Newark, northwest of Fort Worth, will protest the denial at a hearing Monday morning. “The application requires that they submit to us a list of salaries,” Law said. “They have not given it to us, and as a result we have denied their exemption.”

You like apples, Kenneth? Because those are some Granny Smiths for your tail right there.

You have – in your supreme arrogance – stated this plane has only been used for “the performing of the organization’s religious functions.” However, because you are feeling cagey about how much you pay your familyer, executives, that jet has been dubbed “commercial.”

How’s that for irony?!

The next generation of NYC homeless - now kick them out in the cold!

The next generation of NYC homeless - now kick them out in the cold!

Wall Watchers, if you know anyone in the Big Apple who may be homeless, please buy them a hotel room.

Otherwise, according to bah-humbug this story on WCBS-TV, if they are out in the cold, they could chafe with freezer burn because they aren’t getting any help. Nada.

City officials have ordered 22 New York churches to stop providing beds to homeless people. With temperatures well below freezing early Saturday, the churches must obey a city rule requiring faith-based shelters to be open at least five days a week — or not at all.

Arnold Cohen, president of the Partnership for the Homeless, a nonprofit that serves as a link with the city, said he had to tell the churches they no longer qualify.

Hrm. So, what’s better? A homeless person in that city knowing there is three hots and a cot waiting them on Sundays and Wednesdays, or just none at all because a small church of 300 just doesn’t have the bandwidth?!

Yeah, that’ll keep them warm in the winter to know the government has got their back… and plenty of newspaper to keep them warm in the winter.

And why? It’s all about curb appeal.

“We really don’t want people sleeping on the streets, on grates, on church steps. We want people sleeping in beds,” said Homeless Commissioner Robert Hess.

Oh, well since you put it that way. Survival of the fittest to the homeless! Let the wind chill sort them out. Ho-ho-ho.

The creed of the ORU Human Resources handbook?

The creed of the ORU Human Resources handbook?

Well, well. Looks like HiScrivener is flowing in the spirit of prophecy. Last we saw on the Wall about Oral Roberts University, namesakes were no longer in fashion as Richard Roberts got the peace sign.

And good thing too, because from what I can glean in this story from the Tulsa World, he took a piece of the payroll with him as at least 100 employees from the plagued school have become statistics and canned.

“These are tough economic times for us all,” Interim President Ralph Fagin said in a news release. “Like any business , a university cannot spend more revenue that in collects. We have a responsibility to the ORU family to be good stewards of our resources. You can’t spend more than you’re taking in,” continued Fagin. “This is the last choice you want to make because we have such great employees.”

Thanks, Ralph. The problem with that sentiment is these tough economic times aren’t about some endowment your sticky-fingered president swindled. This is about those 100 people kicked out on the street after the holidays.

Fortunate for your conscience, the dearly departed are probably T.A.s, janitors and other nameless faces around that campus, but to those that know them, they are people who deserve a heckuva lot better than the six-figure sendoff their former boss just received.

Now, for the record, ORU doesn’t blow. Just the son of the institution for which it is named. And now, so does this decision.

COUGH… sorry… I just choked on my… COUGH… rosary.

Well, you read it correctly. This just in from the Vatican – the Democrats are evidently agents of extinction. You know, in case you didn’t know that.

Raymond Burke, who was named prefect of the Vatican’s Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature in June, told the Italian Catholic newspaper Avvenire that the U.S. Democratic Party risked “transforming itself definitively into a party of death for its decisions on bioethical issues.”

Ah, well. Here we go. Republicans were the same silk robe while carrying a sickle with its boney hands because they “sent our boys overseas to Iraq.” Come on. Let’s hear it. I’ll be over here kicking my feet up.

But before you crawl upon your soapbox, keep reading. This affront is about ABORTION, not the war… and you tell me, when would you prefer to kill? In a foreign land or in-utero?! Oh, did I say that out loud? Burke, take it away:

Burke said pro-life Democrats were “rare” and that it saddened him that the party [specifically Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi] that helped “our immigrant parents and grandparents” prosper in America had changed so much over the years.

Anyone see what’s really wrong with this picture? The Vatican is NO DIFFERENT here than the fraudulent pastors who decide they want to stick it to the IRS and tell their congregations in whom they should vote.

MEMO to any Mountebank in this position: In looking through all my theology books, I don’t recall reading anything during the Schisms or any Ecumencial Council that it’s the Vatican’s place to stick its gem-encrusted nose in politics. Maybe I’m wrong? I need to go back to CCD, I guess.

So, uh, I can’t wait to see the IRS enforce its tax-exempt revocations on the Holy See. News at 11.