Conservative estimates say that 15 percent of Jesus’ teachings focused on finances, Chapman said. He added that the financial wisdom found in the Bible is greater than what is found in Fortune, Forbes, Money Magazine and The Wall Street Journal.

John Yeats, recording secretary for the Southern Baptist Convention and director of communications for the Louisiana Baptist Convention, in a review of "Making Change," noted that the onset of the “seeker-friendly” movement has led too many pastors to stop discussing money from the pulpit.

“As a guide to address the issue of finances, 'Making Change' is a frontal assault on the individualistic consumerism of the culture and a call for Christians to return to the high ground of living biblical principles regarding their finances,” Yeats wrote. “Many of Hemphill’s precepts have needed to be said for years.”

The book is organized as a six-week study with readings for five days a week on topics such as God’s design for managing money; the purpose of money; earning, spending, saving, investing; and good reasons to be a giver.

A 40-day "Making Change" workbook will be available from LifeWay Christian Resources next spring for use individually and in church groups.

“We must be both honest and candid – we are not committed to reaching the world until we are willing to allow God to provide the resources through us,” Hemphill wrote.

Also among the EKG vision resources are a 40-day study by Hemphill titled “The Heartbeat of God” and a second multi-week study by Nate Adams, executive director of the Illinois Baptist State Association, titled “The Acts 1:8 Challenge: Empowering the Church to Be on Mission.”


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