The following article appeared as Dan Yeary's Column in University Baptist, Coral Gables, Florida.
"William Hamilton of Cold Spring, Kentucky, has a friend who is a farmer. It seems this friendly farmer had been thoroughly taken many times by a certain car dealer in town. Then one day the car dealer informed the farmer that he was 'looking to buy a cow.' When he arrived he found that the gleeful farmer had attached the following price information to the cow's side:
|Product Storing Compartment||60.00|
|Automatic Fly Swatter||38.00|
The farmer's itemized inventory should have made a point with the car dealer. I wonder, if the same idea could be applied to the church? What do you think 'Basic Church' really costs? The next time I react to another appeal for support I might do well to itemize what basics and extras that church gives to me.
Basic cow or basic church? The price list is non-negotiable. Whatever the cost, the church is worth more than I could ever pay regardless of my faithfulness."