Saturday, July 21, 2012

Mitt's Money

"Romney's $100 million IRA is remarkable in its size. Even under the most generous assumptions, Romney would have been restricted to annual contributions of $30,000 while he worked at Bain. How does this grow to $100 million?"
"For 2010, the Romneys enjoyed a federal tax rate of only 13.9% on their adjusted gross income of roughly $22 million, which gave them a lower federal tax burden (including payroll, income and excise taxes) than the average American wage-earning family in the $40,000 to $50,000 range."
Maybe it is just me, but this was quite a bit out of alignment with my previous view of Romney.  Sure, I knew he was a wealthy guy, but Swiss bank accounts, $100 million IRA, and the fact that his father was the one who started the tradition of financial transparency adds up to something nearly as odd as the Obama birth certificate issue.  What's going on here?


Friday, July 20, 2012

Make Disciples not just Decisions

This is from the book description on for The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited by Scot McKnight:
"Contemporary evangelicals have built a 'salvation culture' but not a 'gospel culture.' Evangelicals have reduced the gospel to the message of personal salvation. This book makes a plea for us to recover the old gospel as that which is still new and still fresh."
I haven't read the book, but it sounds interesting.  The individualist American culture tends to focus on self to a fault.  Our idea of the "Gospel" seems very self-centered about personal salvation and eternal life compared to what I read in the Bible.  If anyone has read this book by Scot McKnight and has comments, I'd be interested in hearing them. I'm considering buying it.