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Sunday, October 29, 2006

Pop Faith: ATMs for Jesus

LA Times reports: In bids for relevance, Pastor Marty Baker, of Stevens Creek Community Church, makes sermons available as podcasts, regularly plays Aerosmith's "Dream On", and discusses the spiritual wages of lunching at Hooters. He has also installed ATMs in the church lobby.

Kiosk giving has gradually gained acceptance among his upper-middle-class flock. The three kiosks are expected to take in between $200,000 and $240,000 this year — about 15% of the church's total donations.

At church services, Baker said, the next few years could be comparable to another upheaval centuries ago, when offerings of grain and animals were replaced with what was then the newfangled medium of money.

"I'll bet that caused a stir, too," he said, chuckling.

See previous link about God's credit acceptance networks, as well as other Faith Web 2.0 movements

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