Ever wondered how to pay the next bill? Felt the world is unfair in economic rewards? Been indecisive about investing wisely? These types of fiscal questions are addressed from a Christian viewpoint in Economic Parables.
Using his vast experience in the financial world as well as church ministry, the author invites you to listen directly to the words of Jesus and reflect on a number of economic parables to understand life in an increasingly globalized economy. Some of the answers you find will be surprising, in part because Jesus was a more sophisticated economist than he is given credit for. His words will shed light on many modern economic problems and decisions we may not think to go to the Bible about.
By taking this journey through the economic parables, your response to finances and the global marketplace will be enriched from a balanced biblical approach. Each chapter contains a parable and reflection, followed by a question making this book ideal for group or personal Bible study.
Chapter 1: To His Disciples He Explained Everything
Chapter 2: Can We Use Worldly Wealth?
Luke 16:1-13: The Parable of the Dishonest Manager
Chapter 3: Do We Let Wealth Choke the Word?
Matthew 13:18-23: The Parable of the Sower
Chapter 4: Do We Envy Our Neighbor?
Matthew 20:1-16: The Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard
Chapter 5: Can We Invest Wisely?
Luke 19:11-27: The Parable of the Ten Minas
Chapter 6: How Should We Manage Our Debts?
Matthew 18:21-35: The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant
Chapter 7: The Things We Have, Whose Are They?
Luke 12:13-21: The Parable of the Rich Fool
Chapter 8: How Productive Are We?
Matthew 21:33-46: The Parable of the Tenants
Chapter 9: Can We Forgive Debts?
Luke 7:36-50: The Parable of the Two Debtors
Chapter 10: Are We Storing Treasure on Earth?
Matthew 13:44-46: The Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl
Chapter 11: How Much Do We Give?
Luke 18:9-14: The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector
Chapter 12: What Can We Do to Help Others?
Luke 16:19-31: The Rich Man and Lazarus
Chapter 13: How Charitable Are We?
Luke 14:15-24: The Parable of the Great Banquet
Chapter 14: How Much Do We Need to Live On?
Luke 15:8-10: The Parable of the Lost Coin
Chapter 15: The Gospel in an Economic World in Need of Faith
Resources for Further Study