Pop Quiz: Someone walks into your church on a Sunday morning or even a week day, gives a story about the awful situation they are in, and asks for money to help get them by. What do you do?
Pastor Luke Edwards has the right answer: DON'T GIVE THEM ANYTHING. Tell them God helps those who help themselves and send them on their way.
Actually no. Luke wrote an article called "Churches Should Stop Giving Away Stuff and Do This Instead" which intrigued me so much I had to interview him about it to learn more.
For more info and links to the articles and books Luke mentions visit www.postconsumerreports.com and click on the "episodes" tab.
Mike Condo is the general manager of Superfan Vinyl (www.superfanvinyl.com), an online record store and record label in the making. Along with DC Talk they have also released a number of Relient K albums on vinyl and have plans to do much more in the future. We talk about the 20th anniversary release of DC Talk's Jesus Freak and about the process of first acquiring the rights to an artist's music to getting it pressed on those beautiful black discs.
The PostConsumer Reports Podcast is just getting started. There are many questions to be asked and we will listen to many answers.
Artists, thinkers, pastors, interesting people of all sorts. They already exist. We just need to get them in front of a mike and ask them questions.