Pulpit politics

Money | A liberal church and the IRS wage battle over a 2004 sermon
by Timothy Lamer
Posted 10/07/06, 12:00 am

When George Regas, rector emeritus of All Saints Church in Pasadena, Calif., stepped into the pulpit on Oct. 31, 2004, he gave a sermon that the congregation could have mistaken for a lecture on current events. It was two days before the last presidential election, and Regas offered up a mock debate among George W. Bush, John Kerry, and a left-wing Jesus.

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Whose to give?

Money | Reform law may bar Chapter 13 filers from tithing
by Timothy Lamer
Posted 9/23/06, 12:00 am

Should it be legal to give away money that belongs to someone else?

That question, though not phrased in those words, is at the heart of an Aug. 28 ruling by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Robert E. Littlefield. The judge ruled that a New York couple who had filed for Chapter 13 bankruptcy could not list charitable contributions as an expense, meaning they wouldn't be allowed to give to charity-including tithes to a church-while they were under bankruptcy protection.

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Saving while studying

Money | Going to college costs more than ever, but some students find ways to economize
by Timothy Lamer
Posted 8/26/06, 12:00 am

When it comes to price hikes, higher education makes the oil industry look like a piker. While oil and gasoline prices have risen and fallen with supply and demand over the past three decades, average tuition prices have been on a constant upward path ("No way down," Aug. 27, 2005).

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