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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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801075742
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/17/2018
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 423,865
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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Practicing the King's Economy: Honoring Jesus in How We Work, Earn, Spend, Save, and Give 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an exceptional book. When Helping Hurts was a landmark book because of the way it redefined charitable actions. It brought a holistic approach into poverty alleviation and sought to give direction to simultaneously provide systems of care along with material alleviation. Rhodes and Holt’s new book, “Practicing the King’s Economy” comes in that vein. In fact, it’s co-authored with Brian Fikkert of When Helping Hurts. And it has that book’s fingerprints all over it. And I was immensely challenged and encouraged by reading this book. Chapter after chapter, the author’s seek to give a holistic picture into how Christians should manage their money in work, earning, spending, saving, and giving. And after every chapter of theological teaching, they would follow it up with a chapter on that principle worked out in the real lives of everyday Christians. Such gave their principles such clear depictions and gave me the sense of saying, “Wow, I could live that way too!” But that is where I was also convicted. As the authors helped me understand how truly radical Christ was in stewardship matters, I continued to understand how woefully short I fall by comparison. That makes me thankful for a gracious King like Jesus. But please read this book. Be challenged, convicted, and encouraged to live all-the-more like your King and practice His economy!
joshuadparker More than 1 year ago
Rhodes and Holt penned Practicing the King's Economy: Honoring Jesus in How We Work, Earn, Spend, Save, and Give in 2018 through Baker Books. It's a delight. (And I'm not just saying that because Rhodes ministers in the Memphis community!) The two authors make extensive use of the Old Testament as a well from which one can draw socio-ethical norms rather than merely as a place from which one learns one's depravity in the face of god. In addition to their deft use of Torah and Nevi'im, the authors intersperse real-life examples of their principles in action and continually push the reader to make use of what they learn in the book. Practicing the King's Economy would be a valuable contribution to the library of any church that is seeking to use their resources in a Christ-honoring manner. The book moves through six principles or "keys," each of which are likely to set off a series of alarms in certain readers' minds. The authors begin with the Worship Key, the Community Key, and the Work Key, and they close with the Equity Key, the Creation Care Key, and the Rest Key. Before anyone assumes that this is just a bunch of lefty propaganda masquerading as biblical exegesis, one would do well to read the book for themselves. The authors firmly plant their feet in the biblical narrative and "draw out" their application from a solid read of the biblical text and of the contemporary culture. They do not speak in generalities. Further, their forthright application of the text may cause some readers' hackles to rise. Perhaps its indicative of somebody's own unwillingness to take the Old Testament seriously as a normative text. Yahweh the King makes radical demands of those who would claim to belong to the kingdom; and yet, at the same time, the yoke is easy, the burden is light, and "it is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it" (Deut. 30.14). It is precisely at the point where the biblical command and prohibition appears to us as unreasonable, foolish even, that god is addressing us as ones brought into this kingdom from without. The unnatural strangeness of this kingdom over time becomes typical; the abnormal becomes normal--though not necessarily. It frequently grates against the kingdom out of which we were brought. And like a car that grinds its way to starting, we often find ourselves through kicks and spurts believing what is said of reality over against this anti-real world in which we abide. The hippie-lite, liberal-leaning ethos of Practicing the Kingdom and similar works will, I believe, be vindicated as a degree of faithful Christian ethics in late capitalism, naysayers notwithstanding. Practicing the Kingdom forces us to reconcile the socio-ethical vision of god's kingdom in the scriptures with the inherited kingdom of our world. One or the other will succeed in our hearts. Holt and Rhodes give a compelling case for the former. Disclosure: I received this book free from Baker Books through the Baker Books Bloggers http://www.bakerbooks.com/bakerbooksbloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html.
BugsBookReviews More than 1 year ago
About this book~ "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 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. Forward by Christopher J.H. Wright." Profanity/Violence~ Mentions of suicide Sexual Content~ Mentions of sex Other~ None Age recommendation: Any age (although it might be hard for younger readers to understand) My opinion~ Well... in all honesty, I didn't even make it through the introduction. I'm not rating this book, due to that fact. It's not fair for me to rate this book one star because I barely read it. I just couldn't hold on any longer. I was extremely bored and I just wasn't interested in this book at all. Some people might find this incredibly interesting, but it just wasn't my thing. *I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
Practicing The King's Economy is how CHRIST would want us to practice how to take care of our fincaces - Biblically - this book gives you the tools to do this. It isn't a fluff piece - it an In depth book. It is not complicated but it isn't basic either. - it is intellectual but fun and backs up all they have to teach you with the Bible and that is the way it should be - friends - my father - a pastor - taught me something from when I was a very you child that was very profound and now I want to teach it to you - you can take it or leave it - but when someone - a friend = a pastor - Bible Study leader - someone - tells you something - you should check to see it lines up with the Scripture - don't always take it as word - we are all human and make mistakes - GOD doesn't and neither does HIS word - it tells you what do - what HE wants for you - or - or HIS will for you or anything - always go to the Sripture because it has the answers for Everything if you don't want to look in the - hard coy - look it up on the internet - yay - but like I said - you can take it or leave it but this book backs it up with Scripture - I liked it. I hope you do too. I received a copy of this book from the Publisher from Netgalley; sll the opinions expressed in this review are all my own. if you would like to read more of my Christian book reviews go to christianbookreviewers.blogspot.com - I look forward to seeing you there. if you would like to read more of my Christian book review go to christianlybookreviewers.blogspot.com - I look forward to seeing you there.