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Tithing after the Cross (Areopagus Critical Christian Issues Book 7) [Kindle Edition]

David A. Croteau
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Some in the church find it very difficult to talk about money, but it's a subject that cannot be avoided. The church needs money to continue to function. Missionaries need money to carry the gospel. As a result, however reluctant we are to talk about it, we have to do so. And when we do so, we often generate more confusion and resentment than cash.

Some churches require that members be tithers before they can take positions of leadership. This in turn can result in a sort of spying by one believer on another. How much do we each earn? Is our giving equal to 10% of our income?

On the other hand there are those who discount tithing, and consider themselves tithers because they give two or three percent of their income. They may say that they "tithe" 3% of their income.

But what exactly does the Bible teach about tithing and how does that apply to us today? Is there a way for us to become grace-filled givers? Can stewardship, giving, and financing the work of building the kingdom become a joy rather than a duty or a source of dissension?

David Croteau has written at length on this topic before. In this volume of the Areopagus Critical Christian Issues series, he undertakes a brief examination of tithing, stewardship, and giving. He starts by asking just what the Israelites were called on to give by the scriptures. He then follows through the various arguments in favor of tithing as a law applicable to Christians and shows how these arguments fail. Finally, he discusses a basis for gracious, joyful giving as God directs each of us.

In just 96 pages (including all the front matter) you'll find your understanding of Christian stewardship changed. You won't find here a license for apathy or selfishness. Instead, you'll find a challenge to discover and do God's will in your finances as in every other area of your life.


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David Croteau has already published a detailed study of all the significant biblical, theological and historical evidence for and against tithing as a mandatory practice for Christians. Here he distills the highlights of that research in brief, accessible form, responding to the most common arguments for tithing. Croteau convincingly demonstrates that believers after Jesus death and resurrection are not required to give ten percent. Instead they are exhorted to generosity and sacrifice, which for a few Westerners may be less than ten percent but for many of us means much more. Here is essential reading for the Christian who wants to be biblically obedient!

--Craig L. Blomberg, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Denver Seminary, Denver, CO

With sharp simplicity, David Croteau exposes a range of assumptions that many Christians employ in their thinking about tithing. He demonstrates how these assumptions can appear to be biblically based, and yet surprisingly be flawed. Croteau then uses sound biblical principles to shape a wise and godly attitude towards financial giving for the Christian. His concern for biblical faithfulness and God’s grace is evident throughout, and his explanations are enlightening and encouraging. Croteau is to be commended for serving the Christian community with these valuable (pun intended!) insights on what can be a controversial or even burdensome topic for believers.

--George Athas, Ph.D., Dean of Research and Senior Lecturer in Old Testament, Moore Theological College, Sydney, Australia

This book is thoughtful, clear, pastoral, convincing, and convicting. It does not lead to a position that Christians should give less than ten percent. Rather, (a) if the foundation of giving is our relationship with God and the grace and love he gives us and (b) if the amount we give is based on our income, what we determine in our heart, the needs of those ministering to us and of fellow Christians, and generosity, then why give only ten percent?

--Andy Naselli, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, Bethlehem College and Seminary, Minneapolis, MN

About the Author

David Croteau has a Th.M. and Ph.D. in New Testament from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and and is Professor of New Testament and Greek at Columbia International University Seminary and School of Ministry in Columbia, South Carolina. He has published four articles and contributed to the book Perspectives on Tithing: Four Views (Broadman and Holman, 2011).


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  • Print Length: 94 pages
  • Publisher: Energion Publications (July 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Scholarly, comprehensive, inexpensive August 21, 2013
Format:Paperback
This is probably the first inexpensive, comprehensive and scholarly summary of all tithing arguments (pro and con).

Dr. Croteau has written his PHD on deconstructing tithing and replacing it with sound, teachable and actionable New Covenant post-Calvary theology. This small volume has condensed and sharpened the key arguments against tithing while removing the bulky historical struggle of his former volume.

I highly recommend a serious and honest reading of this book. For a more detailed study, consult his first book, You Mean I Don't Have to Tithe or my book, Should the Church Teach Tithing?

Russell Earl Kelly, PHD
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cery informative!! July 20, 2013
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Though condensed somewhat, this book has the answers to many arguments that people put forth to advocate the monetary tithe. It then give solid Biblical and Historical answers to those arguments. Great read!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful May 25, 2014
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This book is insightful and thought-provoking. I appreciated the historical and biblical context of it, as well as the author refraining from giving prescriptive formulas....and instead leading the reader to rely on timeless principles of God`s Love and Grace as our personal, spiritual GPS for giving.
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