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Preaching in Plenty and in Want is a guide to preaching a culturally and economically sensitive sermon, in good times and bad.
Every day, people face new economic realities that affect their livelihoods, their families, their futuresand their faith. In this practical new resource, former brokerage-firm vice-president-turned-church pastor Matthew Tennant explains both why and how to connect the endless stream of economic information with a biblical message.
Preaching in Plenty and in Want offers pastors an accessible and relevant primer on basic economics. Then the author reviews what Scripture has to say on the topic and considers how current economies affect the individual as well as the congregation as a whole. Included are chapters on preaching specific economically-related messages, such as:
• The fallacy of prosperity
• Simple living
• "Where is God when..."
• Hope for tomorrow
Features sample sermons that illustrate the economic and biblical points!
"With tips on better understanding economics in the fundamental sense, the scripture's thoughts on the struggles, and how the economy affects ones congregation in general, Preaching in Plenty and in Want is a strong pick for Christian collections." Midwest Book Review, April 2012
"Preaching in Plenty and in Want is substantive but not difficult to read. I recommend it. Tennant knows the territory of preaching and of congregational life." Margaret Marcuson for ChurchCentral.com, Feb. 9, 2012
"Tennant...explores with pastoral sensitivity how a congregation's social location and preexisting attitudes shape their readiness to respond to prophetic preaching on economic themes. Preaching that takes people from where they are to where God would have them be is a process, not a one-time event. Counseling patience and tenacity, his approach is nuanced and gentle, but not timid." Dr. Ann A. Michel, Associate Director, Lewis Center for Church Leadership
"Provides information and tools for both understanding the economic context in which pastors preach and connecting that context to sermon preparation. Enables pastors to craft sermons that can reach people 'where they are' in good and bad economic times." Congregational Resource Guide's Winter 2011-12 Reading Recommendations
"This book will assist any Christian pastor seeking help with addressing economic realities from the pulpit." Congregational Resource Guide
Matthew Tennant is senior minister of University Baptist Church, Charlottesville, VA. He serves on the Human Rights Commission for the City of Charlottesville and as a visiting professor of philosophy of religion at L'Université Chrétienne du Nord d'haiti. He holds a DPhil from the University of Oxford where he also received his MSt in Theology. In addition, he has an MDiv from the Baptist Theological Seminary of Richmond, VA, and an MBA from the University of Alabama.
Tennant lives in Charlottesville, VA with his wife, their two sons, and their dog and cat. The Tennants enjoy sailing and hiking.