Face to Face with Destiny
I found last night's Face to Face featuring Brian Tamaki a little disappointing. From a purely intellectual perspective it was a strange and wondrous thing to see someone talk down Kim Hill but it would have been so much better to see Brian asked the really big questions.
I feel the inteview did establish Brain Tamaki's homophobia (or at least the strength of his belief in God's homophobia) but the session on tithes was particularly disappointing. Kim wasted the time in an arid discussion of the Morality/Theology of tithing rather than going for the real questions -
"Well Brian, how much did your church raise in tithes last year?" "And what did you do with it?" (Televangelists should always be confronted by auditors).
And if you're going to allude to a chapter in Hebrews which apparently suggests tithing is no longer appropriate for Christians why not, under the circumstances, explore exactly what money Abraham tithed to Melchisedec when he, according to St Paul, foreshadowed the replacement of the Levitical priesthood by Jesus.
According to Genesis it was the loot recovered when Abraham rescued the Sodomites from their enemies - in other words Abraham fought as well as prayed for his neighbours in Sodom. How does Brian Tamaki square up to that.