By B15m1lah. Chair. At Wednesday, July 11th 2018, 07:50:19 AM.
Let's start with the basic and obvious premise that for any business to survive, they must take in more dollars over a course of time than they expend. This is certainly true for a company that provides church chairs as well. There is an overall cost to obtaining chairs (either through manufacturing them or importing them) and then delivering them to the end user (churches across the country). The company must receive for their chairs an amount of money from their customers that will cover all of their expenses.
Fleshing this out further, let's say a company advertises free shipping on their church chairs once a certain quantity of chairs are purchased to select geographical regions of the country. One of their chairs they sell for essentially $33.00 each, once there are a minimum of 100 chairs, purchased as a part of the order and also include "free shipping" for those chairs to about 20 different states. In this case they may purchase those chairs from a Chinese factory for about $13.00 a chair. They bring them to this country, warehouse them, sell them, and then deliver them. Their costs for all of these items is perhaps another $13.00 or so per chair. They then sell them for $33.00 a chair and all of their costs are covered and they make a nice profit. All through the process though they continue to state they are offering "free shipping".
As I reflected on this pastor's statement, a couple of thoughts came to my mind. One is that his statement was a very personal one that indicated a preference that was important to him and was a value I needed to honor. An additional thought though was about what actually makes a chair a "church chair". Here is an expansion on those thoughts with three observations as to what really is needed for a chair to be labeled a "church chair".