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Flourishing Faith

A Baptist Primer on Work, Economics, and Civic Stewardship
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152 pages
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With a foreword by Daniel L. Akin

Why has the modern Baptist movement flourished while older denominations have declined? Liberal theology and slow-grinding state-church machinery are two reasons, but an even greater reason is ecclesiastical entrepreneurship! For more than two hundred years the Free Church with its “baptist” ecclesiology and evangelical ministry practice in spreading the gospel and starting new churches has mirrored the free-market spirit that has made America great. As the nation flourished, so did the Baptists.

Yet most pastors, professors, and parishioners simply don’t connect work, economics, and God’s plan for making us into mature disciples. Evangelicals need a big-picture perspective on the fact that God made us, in part, to work. Plus, all legitimate work glorifies God and through its fruitfulness blesses countless others. So how do politics, economics, and citizenship responsibilities fit into a broader discipleship model of life stewardship?

In Flourishing Faith, Dr. Chad Brand shows how by examining key issues of the history and theology of political economy: work, wealth, government, and taxation with its various implications. Brand then explores the philosophy of how government relates to political economy and highlights how Baptists have contributed. Insightful, provocative, and generous.


"This is a desperately needed and helpful book. I devoured it in one sitting. I couldn’t put it down."

Rick Warren
Founding Pastor
Saddleback Church

"Drawing upon the insights of historical theology and philosophy as well as economic and political theories, Brand articulates an economic philosophy shaped by baptistic expressions of the Christian tradition."

David S. Dockery
Union University

About Chad Brand

Chad Brand (PhD, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) is professor of Christian theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY) and is associate dean of Boyce College. He has served as pastor of three Southern Baptist churches and interim pastor of several others. Dr. Brand is author or editor of fourteen books, including the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary. He and his wife, Tina, have three children and six...

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