Being on the Leadership team here at Christianity Today International, I hear a lot of complaining from pastors when it comes to preaching about money. And I'm sure they have a legitimate point. I wouldn't enjoy telling hundreds of people that God has commanded them to give money to the institution that pays my salary.
But when it comes to the awkwardness surrounding stewardship issues, I think preachers take a back seat to small-group leaders. After all, it's one thing to stand in front of a crowd and talk about money. It's a whole different thing to do it face-to-face and shoulder-to-shoulder with people you consider close friends—people who can just look around the room and see how much you've invested in your television, furniture, DVD collection, and so on.
Thankfully, the team behind the Liquid video-curriculum series has just given all of us an invaluable tool when it comes to broaching a biblical discussion on the subject of money. It's called Money Talks.
"Money Talks" is the first mock-umentary produced by Liquid—meaning it follows the structure of NBC's hit comedy The Office. The storyline centers on the day-to-day interactions of the Penders, a wealthy but clueless family living in Southern California. The main characters are James and Rebecca Pender; their teenage daughter, Tiffany; Svetlana, the nanny; and shiftless Uncle Brett.
Here's a quick summary of the five episodes:
- Investment. In an effort to teach them the value of a dollar, James gives each of his family members a $100 bill and challenges them to invest it for the next two days. The story reflects Matthew 25:14–30. Preview the "Investment" episode:
- Stuff. James is tormented by his neighbor's new sports car and comes up with a full-proof plan to best him once and for all. The story reflects Luke 12:13–34.