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Tips for Jesus (via Huffpost)


Restaurant servers have demanding jobs, generally working long hours with low pay and little reward. They often depend on their tips in order to survive.  That’s why it’s disheartening to see stories like that of Pastor Alois Bell, who wrote on her receipt to her waitress, “I give God 10% why do you get 18.”

But ‘Tips For Jesus’ is on a mission to show the world what Christian generosity is supposed to look like.    Spanning the country from California to Utah, ‘Tips For Jesus’ has been leaving outrageously generous tips for delighted servers.

People have been wondering about what sparked this incredible show of charity. One commenter speculated, “I feel like what might’ve started this is other things posted on the internet how people leave no tip or fake tips in ‘the lords name’. So to me this feel like a combat something showing that Jesus did say to give to the poor and waiting tables is definitely a hard job which doesn’t earn a lot.”    Though the person or people behind ‘Tips For Jesus’ remain anonymous, their ethos is strikingly similar to the words of Justin Lee, who wrote in a blog responding to Pastor Bell’s rude note, “Remember, my fellow Christians: Whatever you do, wherever you go, whenever you tip, you are representing Jesus.”

However, controversy has arisen surrounding a tip left at a bar in South Bend, Ind., called Legends of Notre Dame that didn’t go through. Apparently, American Express and Notre Dame did not clear the $10,000 tip because they were concerned about fraud, reported the South Bend Tribune in November.

However, ‘Tips For Jesus’ affirmed that the transaction was legitimate on its page, writing to a server Ashley Rust, “@arust03 AMEX got paid, you should’ve got paid. Check with Legends management… sounds like the owners are trying to screw you. Tipsforjesus pays it’s tabs!”    The server responded that the issue was with Notre Dame, as it is a university-owned bar. Tips responded, “Notre Dame is stiffing you? Hmmm, let me make sure the charges went through since they claim they did not. If they’re lying to you, I can talk to AMEX about it, then you should get a lawyer, and call the local paper and ESPN. What they’re doing flys in the face of what Jesus would do.” They later posted a photo of the Amex transaction, which was cleared.

‘Tips For Jesus’ further offered to help the server, posting, “Nobody is going to ruin the good were trying to do.”

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The Meenister’s Log

When I was interviewed for my present job in March 1999, One of the first questions asked was “You haven’t been in your present charge very long?”  It was actually a year.

“I replied that I didn’t think ministry should consist of lounging about swimming pools, going to cocktail parties and drinking tea will old women…. of both sexes”  (it was a “plum” charge)

Mouths opened, jaws dropped and we moved on……

I’m still in post 13 years later


When being interviewed (jointly!) by the then Overseas Council for the post of minister in Trinidad, my late wife was asked by one of the search committee why she wasn’t wearing a wedding ring! (answer, because she had a swollen finger at the time)

Suspicious lot

I got the job.


In 1973/4  applying for my first charge, several vacancy committees asked “what would you do to bring young people into the Church?  They’re still asking the same question at similar interviews almost forty years later.



A friend was asked “If you didn’t want to be a minister, what would you like to do?”  (odd question, admittedly)

“I’d like to play for Hibs”

“Oh, so you’re a keen footballer then?”

“No, I’ve two left feet and am totally uncoordinated, but you asked me what I would like to do!”

(I don’t think that he got the post)


To another friend: “I notice that you wear your watch on your right wrist. Why is that?”

“Because I’m left handed”



“What would you say would be your greatest achievement?”

“Being Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland”

“But……you….. excuse me?”

“That would be my greatest achievement, but it hasn’t happened and is unlikely ever to happen”

I didn’t get that one either


Some tips –  hope for “closed” questions which simply require a “yes/no” answer; rather than something like “what are your views on…..?”

Watch out for body language : crossed arms indicates being defensive; touching your mouth: not telling the truth – and so on.

If a male applicant is wearing a red tie, it could suggest aggressiveness or at least he thinks he’s in control.

If he or she maintains permanent eye-contact, it’s not necessarily good as they may have read the tricks of the trade.

Try too to “echo” the questioner’s  body language (I do this) to put the interviewer at ease.

Use some of the words – or similar words – used in the question, when answering – it shows a kind of bond.

Where possible, try to remember the names of members of the interviewing panel and use them as often as possible when giving answers

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