Order Supplement Series 6

Rethinking Stewardship: Our Culture, Our Theology, Our Practices
Edited by Frederick J. Gaiser

You now have before you the work of the bright minds who came to the Rethinking Stewardship conference held at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota in July 2010 and wrote something about stewardship. As one would expect, the essays in this volume are disparate in tone and genre. Some read like standard theological essays, some more like sermons, and others read a bit like the transcripts of speeches. There is no stewardship model here for you to implement, no canned sermons for you to deliver. Rather, the essays are seeds. The ideas and questions contained in them are meant to take root and grow in your own mind and life. We trust—like the original 400 conference attendees—that the thoughts that these thinkers have provided will assist you in the difficult theological task of rethinking stewardship. 


Rethinking Stewardship: An Introduction
Rolf Jacobson

Our Culture

U.S. Christians and the Riddle of Stingy Giving
Michael O. Emerson, Christian Smith, and Trish Snell

Goddess of Meanness and Greed: Ayn Rand and the Religious Right
Gary Moore

To Adopt, Adapt, or Antagonize Current Cultural Passions in Generosity
Jill A. Schumann

Our Theology

"Spend your money for whatever you wish" (Deuteronomy 14:26): The Bible on Stewardship
Frederick J. Gaiser

Finding the Face of Stewardship: A Lutheran Approach
Martha E. Stortz

"To proclaim the year of the Lord's favor" (Luke 4:19): Possessions and the Christian Life in Luke-Acts
Eric D. Barreto

Our Practices

Stewardship for the Missional Church
Mark Allan Powell

Story Power: Competencies in a Well-Formed Stewardship
Edgar C. Kruse

"That's Just Rude!" New Perspectives on Old Practices
Mary Sue Dehmlow Dreier

Rethinking Stewardship

Stewardship in the Age of Digital Pluralism
David Lose

Rethinking Stewardship: What Do I Own, and What Owns Me?
Daniel Conway

The Bilingual Church Leader: Speaking the Language of Money within a Theological Context
Philip D. Jamieson