State of Smythe

Some news for the month of April.

Podcasts

Despite its alleged emphasis on "the Word," the text actually used in the Word of Faith movement could be reduced to a pamphlet; it's a highly selective reading of Scripture. It also became apparent that Word of Faith teaching lacked any serious theological reflection. —Brian Zahnd

Since January, we've stayed on track publishing three to four each month. I think we've proved Zahnd wrong—orthodox Word-of-Faith preaching has more than enough serious theological reflection in it.

We plan to keep to our schedule of producing at least three sermons each month, but listing only the last seven on iTunes. We're maintaining an archive and will offer the older sermons from time to time in our store. 

Tax-Exempt Status

Tax-exempt status isn't all what it is cracked up to be. Listen to these statements from the Every Nonprofit's Tax Guide:

  • Only people who itemize their deductions can deduct their charitable contributions. This greatly limits the actual number of people who can take deductions.
  • Only taxpayers whose total itemized deductions are more than the standard deduction will itemize their deductions. . . . Thus, from a tax standpoint, charitable deductions are useless for people who don't itemize.
  • Over 90% of all taxpayers with taxable income over $100,000 itemize, while the majority of those with incomes below $50,000 take the standard deduction.

Despite these facts, Every Nonprofit's Tax Guide says it pays to become tax exempt because people more readily lend support to non-profits even if they don't itemize their deductions. Since we are ramping up into a full-fledged preaching ministry, we have taken the first steps for incorporation as a tax-exempt religious organization.

Journal

We are moving away from the blogging platform to an electronic newsletter. Blogging, while good for riffs and instant publication, is a poor vehicle for anything off screen. We want our readers to be able to use our teaching articles in a variety of settings and also archive them for later use. You can subscribe to the newsletter now through the navigation window. We hope to publish the first issue sometime this summer. We'll send it out via email to all our supporters and subscribers. We haven't decided whether we will also post it on the site (we're contemplating a new design, one not so text heavy). 

Digital Media

[The preacher] has no significance of his own other than that he has been sent forth. —William Willemon

While other preachers and ministers are still offering CDs and DVDs (we just bought a couple ourselves this past week), we believe the way to go is full-on digital download. This allows us to better focus our efforts on content and keep expenses to a minimum. MP3s are easy, but we still haven't figured out videos. We'll keep you informed via the newsletter.

Live Meetings

Live meetings are in the works. We should have an event page posted in the next couple of months. Stay tuned. 

PS NewsPeter Smythe