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Practicing the King's Economy: Honoring Jesus in How We Work, Earn, Spend, Save, and Give

Practicing the King's Economy: Honoring Jesus in How We Work, Earn, Spend, Save, and Give


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The church in the West is rediscovering the fact that God cares deeply for the poor. More and more, churches and individual Christians are looking for ways to practice economic discipleship, but it's hard to make progress when we are blind to our own entanglement in our culture's idolatrous economic beliefs and practices.

Practicing the King's Economy cuts through much confusion and invites Christians to take their place within the biblical story of the "King Jesus Economy." Through eye-opening true stories of economic discipleship in action, and with a solid exploration of six key biblical themes, the authors offer practical ways for God's people to earn, invest, spend, compensate, save, share, and give in ways that embody God's love and provision for the world.

Foreword by Christopher J. H. Wright.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801075742
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/17/2018
Pages: 318
Sales rank: 1,021,054
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Michael Rhodes is the director of community development and an instructor at the Memphis Center for Urban Theological Studies, where he heads up efforts to equip urban pastors and community development practitioners with theologically informed tools for community transformation.

Robby Holt is the senior pastor at North Shore Fellowship in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and teacher and theological dean for the Chattanooga Institute for Faith and Work. He teaches theology of work and New Testament courses for the Chattanooga Fellows Initiative.

Brian Fikkert is the founder and president of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development at Covenant College, where he also serves as a professor of economics and community development. He is the coauthor of several books, including When Helping Hurts and From Dependence to Dignity.

Table of Contents

Foreword 13

Acknowledgments 17

Preface 25

Introduction: Practicing the King's Economy in Occupied Territory 33

1 "God, Not Mammon": The Worship Key in Scripture 53

2 The Worship Key Today: Stories and Practices of Cross-Shaped Giving 71

3 "One Table, One Baptism, No Distinction": The Community Key in Scripture 85

4 The Community Key Today: Stories and Practices for the Potluck 111

5 "Work and Wages, Gleaning and Giving": The Work Key in Scripture 129

6 The Work Key Today: Stories and Practices of Gleaning Job Creation 145

7 "No Poor among You": The Equity Key in Scripture 159

8 The Equity Key Today: Stories and Practices of impact Investing 175

9 "The Heavens Declare the Glory": The Creation Care Key in Scripture 197

10 The Creation Care Key Today: Stories and Practices of Stewardship 219

11 "The Lord Has Given You the Sabbath": The Rest Key in Scripture 237

12 The Rest Key Today: Stories and Practices of Sabbath 263

Conclusion 279

Resources for Further Study 283

Notes 293

Index 313

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