What are ears itching to hear?
There's an interesting passing reference to "tickling ears" in this podcast. I think they're 100% right: Church funding is treated as "payment for services rendered" and right now in the United States the wealthiest donors are the politically conservative ones whose metaphorical ears are proverbially tickled by a politically conservative agenda.
This is Radio Cast with Jay Bakker (Ryan Meeks: On losing his congregation): http://thisisradiocast.libsyn.com/ryan-meeks-on-losing-his-congregation
Ryan Meeks, a pastor at a megachurch outside of Seattle, talks to Jay about reconciling his Christian faith with his belief in LGBTQ rights, and the price he paid for going public.
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