Preaching in Plenty and Want

by Matthew Tennant. Judson Press, 2011.
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Before he was a pastor, Matthew Tennant was an officer in a brokerage firm. Thus, he is uniquely qualified to write a book on preaching about the economy. He points out that every congregational context has an economic reality, as does every parishioner. The preacher who understands and appreciates this reality is in a better position to lead, teach, and offer hope. The chapter entitled “Pastoral Primer on Economics” will give leaders some familiarity with the language of economics. Further chapters suggest ways to frame economic elements within the sermon, such as preaching the fallacy of prosperity, preaching current events, and preaching simple living. Biblical and theological insights support his claims and sermon excerpts illustrate his points. Tennant has created a unique and timely resource that can enhance one’s preaching ministry in good economic times and bad. The appendix includes a recommended reading list.