The Economics of Neighborly Love: Investing in Your Community's Compassion and Capacity
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What does the good news of Jesus mean for economics? It's easy to become so focused on the gospel's spiritual significance that we forget it has physical, real-world implications. Tom Nelson in The Economics of Neighborly Love combines biblical study, economic theory, and practical advice to give congregations and leaders a more complex and nuanced understanding of poverty—and what to do about it. Nelson presents a vision for church ministry that works toward the flourishing of the local community, starting with its poorest and most marginalized members.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0830843922
ISBN-13: 9780830843923

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Publisher's Description

What does the good news of Jesus mean for economics? Too often, Christian teaching and ministry have focused only on the gospel's spiritual significance and ignored its physical, real-world ramifications. But loving our neighbor well has direct economic implications, and in our diverse and stratified society we need to grapple with them now more than ever. In The Economics of Neighborly Love pastor Tom Nelson sets out to address this problem. Marrying biblical study, economic theory, and practical advice, he presents a vision for church ministry that works toward the flourishing of the local community, beginning with its poorest and most marginalized members. Nelson resists oversimplification and pushes us toward more complex and nuanced understandings of wealth and poverty. If we confess the gospel of Jesus, he insists, we must contend anew with its implications for the well-being of our local communities. Together we can grow in both compassion and capacity.

Author Bio

Tom Nelson (DMin, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is president of Made to Flourish (MTF), a network that seeks to empower pastors to lead churches that produce human flourishing for the common good. He has also served as senior pastor of Christ Community Church in Leawood, Kansas, for more than twenty years.  A council member for The Gospel Coalition, Tom is the author of , , and . He speaks regularly on faith, work, and economics, and he has served on the board of regents of Trinity International University and is on the leadership team of the Oikonomia Network.  Tom and his wife, Liz, have two grown children and live in Leawood, Kansas.

Editorial Reviews

"With characteristic winsomeness and clarity, Nelson covers a wide range of topics from poverty to jobs and justice to entrepreneurship, providing a highly readable overview of biblically informed economic life. This pastor has taken the time to learn about the capacity that makes genuine compassion possible. Implicit in the book is a much-needed correction to the church: we've far too long avoided the work of thinking well about economics, as though somehow that sphere is detached from our spiritual life. Nelson shows us the Bible talks about economics through and through—it's just that too many pastors haven't been paying sufficient attention. Nelson has given us an accessible introductory textbook for understanding what makes for flourishing people and communities."
"For several years I have watched this book being born, growing out of Tom Nelson's remarkable work as a pastor in Kansas City, and increasingly as a teacher to the wider world. The Economics of Neighborly Love makes this simple argument: the everyday world is an economic world, and there are implications for who we are and how we live. Drawing on years of pastoral experience with people at work in the world, social analysis from across the political spectrum, relationships with good people doing good work in cities all over America, and most profoundly a commitment to biblical and theological reflection, this is a book for everyone who cares about the moral meaning of the marketplace."

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