Academic journal article Journal of Markets & Morality

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

Academic journal article Journal of Markets & Morality

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

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

Michael Rhodes and Robby Holt with Brian Fikkert

Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Books, 2018 (318 pages)

Practicing the King's Economy is authored by an urban development leader (Rhodes), a pastor (Holt), and an economist (Fikkert). The book appears "under the auspices" of the Chalmers Center for Economic Development, where Fikkert serves as president (30). As the title suggests, the book focuses on practical recommendations for a Christian "economy," broadly construed. Topics thus include money and idolatry, generosity, giving. Christian community, work and wages, poverty and equity, investing, creation care, and Sabbath rest. These topics are grouped under six "keys," with two chapters given to each key. In each pair of chapters, the first chapter discusses the biblical principles and the second unrolls practical applications with concrete, real-life illustrations. As the authors emphasize, the "practices ... are the heart of this book" (51). The work of Old Testament scholar Christopher J. …

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