Financial stewardship is not only a matter of faithful giving but of faithful living, writes author and pastor Mark Allen Powell. In response to the gospel, we surrender our lives so that we may be the people God wants us to be. From the Journal of Lutheran Ethics. (Photo by Wellford, via Bigstockphoto.com)
The tithe as a spiritual discipline is vastly underappreciated by modern Christians. I believe that if we boldly reintroduce the challenge to tithe, personally embrace the conviction of its worth, and then do it, we will provide abundant resources for God’s work in the world as well as invigorate our experience of life in Christ.
The vast majority of people in the world cannot even imagine the standard of living that most Americans take for granted. The truth is that we are called to worship God with our wallet as well as our body, mind, spirit and heart. Following are five ways to re-imagine the tithe so that we can see it as an essential expression of the life of faith. (Great article in the Journal of Lutheran Ethics.) Photo © Pei Lin – Fotolia.com