Having fun with tithing

I love when a church community is willing to have fun, laugh and be playful.  Friedman states in his book A Failure of Nerve that the inability to be playful is a definite sign of a chronically-anxious system.  Unfortunately, an awful lot of churches would fall into that designation.  But, here’s a great example of a church willing to address a historically challenging topic with some fun, and a great message!  Enjoy!

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This video comes from Harvest Church in Billings.  Harvest is the mother church of Journey Church in Bozeman which is where we used to attend.  Journey Church was also instrumental in helping us start The Bridge ministry in Glendive.  We are quite proud to be associated with such great ministries!

Here are the lyrics of “Tithe it Right”, written by Harvest Church:
My stocks are down I’m gonna lose, lose, lose, lose
I prolly shoudn’t have bought brand new new new new
Just what the heck am I gonna do, do, do, do
Ain’t no big deal I’m pre-approved, proved, proved, proved
‘Cause it goes on and on and on
And it goes on and on and on….yeah
I throw my hands up every Friday night
Saying Ayo! I just got paid…yo
Then I remember what Vern said online
That God wants one “0” of my dinero
Before I pay my bills or I go shop online
Gonna shave off 10 percent, gonna tithe it right
So if you ask me once, I’ll give you this advice
Gotta shave off 10 percent, gotta tithe it right
I’ve made up my mind mind mind mind
Gonna do my part and give my tithe, tithe, tithe, tithe
That’s how I want to live my life life life life
I’m off the couch back with my wife, wife, wife, wife
Cause it goes on and on and on
And it goes on and on and on…yeah
I throw my hands up every Friday night
Saying Ayo! I just got paid…yo
Then I remember what Vern said online
That God wants one “o” of my dinero
Before I pay my bills or I go shop online
Gonna shave off 10 percent, gonna tithe it right
So if you ask me once, I’ll give you this advice
Gotta shave off 10 percent, gotta tithe it right 

RAP 1
We lock eyes when I look in my wallet
I whisper your name and hope nobody saw it
But that’s sick, that I talk to my money
The exact same way that I talk to my honey
I start to feel all freaked and greedy
I see an envelope and it serves to remind me
That God doesn’t want my leftovers again
But the first of my fruits so I grab my pen
I look down see you staring at me
I’m feeling pretty guilty and I’m ready to leave
We touch once more as I pause a sec
Then I realize that I could just write a check
Make our way through the congregation
The offering boxes at each location
Move in close to drop you in
That’s when this song in my head starts playing again

I throw my hands up every Friday night
Saying Ayo! I just got paid…yo
Then I remember what Vern said online
That God wants one “o” of my dinero
Before I pay my bills or I go shop online
Gonna shave off 10 percent, gonna tithe it right
No need to remind once or even remind twice
Gonna shave off 10 percent, gonna tithe it right

  • Lindsay

    Funny! Vern was the junior high school pastor when I was in high school youth group at Faith E. It’s been a long time, but he looks exactly the same!