BRANSON'S LAW: Mary Kinney Branson's groundbreaking new book begins and ends with a statement that every Christian should learn about stewardship. She says: It all boils down to a simple formula: The extent of misuse is directly proportionate to the distance between the giver and the spender. Mary is much too humble to call it this, but I think it should be called Branson's law. She has spent years agonizing and analyzing what goes wrong when Christian institutions become so large and so unaccountable to the people who fund them, that they lose touch with the higher purpose that they were intended to serve. Branson is not talking about geographical distance between the giver and the spender. She's not talking about organizational distance or social distance either. She is talking about the most fundamental distance possible in a religious community---spiritual distance. The spiritual distance is enormous between the humble widows who give their last mites for what they believe is God's work and the arrogant denominational executives and wanna-be mega-church preachers who spend their money to brand their names in the Christian marketplace. SPENDING GOD'S MONEY: EXTRAVAGANCE AND MISUSE IN THE NAME OF MINISTRY ought to be in the library of every church and on the bookshelf in every Christian home. Every church and every Christian has a responsibility to make sure that the resources they give to God's work are spent wisely. --Dr. Bruce Prescott Mainstream Oklahoma Baptist
About the Author
Mary Kinney Branson served six years on a local church staff and a combined 16 years as Editing Director for the Home Mission Board and Director of Marketing for the North American Mission Board. She is the author of 17 books and is president of AptWord, Inc., a literary service that assists writers in preparing their books for publication.