“The essence of my stewardship theology is the belief that we are God’s colleagues.” The Reverend Ed Bacon
If you are looking for a good Biblical exegesis and exposition on tithing… do not buy this book.
But, if you are looking for good preaching and teaching material on tithing,… DO buy this book!
I loved this book for two reasons.
First, it tells a variety of honest and inspiring stories of Christians across the theological and denominational spectrum (and including an interview with a Jewish Rabbi and the Torah’s view of tithing.) From my own tradition (Church of God, Anderson) to Episcopal to Seventh Day Adventist, Douglas Leblanc does a wonderful job of telling the stories of clergy and laity who in times of “plenty and times of want” share how tithing has helped them grow spiritually and as leaders.
Second, it sketches tithing beyond the often legalistic belief of 10% into a broader view of giving beyond a mere amount that reflects a larger faith and trust in the Lord and a more holistic approach to giving than just to one’s local congregation. This was well illustrated throughout the book in the stories shared of giving beyond the tithe.
Part of Thomas Nelson’s The Ancient Practices Series, this book offers something beyond the dry textual view of tithing. It invites the reader to consider their own story regarding this vital Christian discipline and how to further their own practice of giving.
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