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Stepping Stones of the Steward : A Faith Journey Through Jesus' Parables :  A Faith Journey Through Jesus' Parables - Ronald E. Vallet

Stepping Stones of the Steward : A Faith Journey Through Jesus' Parables

A Faith Journey Through Jesus' Parables

Paperback Published: October 1994
ISBN: 9780802808349
Number Of Pages: 208

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Now thoroughly revised--with significant changes in chapters dealing with faith and money and environmental issues--Vallet's inspirational study teaches Christians how to gain a sense of purpose, how to properly use resources, talents, and money, and how to reach out with compassion for the welfare of others and for the planet. This inspirational study takes the images of journey and steward as metaphors for the Christian's life and uses several of Jesus' parables as a springboard to explore various dimensions of Christian stewardship. Besides significant revisions to the text, this second edition of Stepping Stones includes a new epilogue that discusses the mission funding crisis of the church in North American and the changing views on both the church and its mission. Thought-provoking questions and suggestions for further reflection appear at the end of each chapter, and a study guide outlines ways to use the book in small-group setting.

Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Introductionp. 1
Love That Just Won't Quit: Luke 15:11-32: Parable of the Prodigal Fatherp. 13
Joy That Endures: Luke 15:1-10: Parables of the Lost Sheep and the Lost Coinp. 22
Your Response to God: A Multiple Choice: Matthew 13:1-9: Parable of the Soilsp. 30
A Purpose That Attracts: Luke 7:31-35: Parable of the Children at Playp. 39
God Is Ready to Provide Resources: Luke 11:1-10: Parable of the Neighborp. 51
Accepting God's Resources: Luke 14:25-35: Parable of the Uncompleted Towerp. 60
What Are Your Talents?: Matthew 25:14-30: Parable of the Talentsp. 69
Your Money or Your Life!: Luke 12:13-21: Parable of the Rich Foolp. 78
Risk Taking: Matthew 13:44-45: Parables of the Treasure and the Pearlsp. 90
Caring for Others: Luke 10:25-37: Parable of the Samaritanp. 101
Getting What You Deserve: Matthew 20:1-16: Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyardp. 111
Care for the Earth and Beyond: Matthew 21:33-41: Parable of the Absentee Landlordp. 120
Shrewdness: Assessing Reality: Luke 16:1-8: Parable of the Unjust Stewardp. 139
Growth and Change: Luke 5:34-38: Parables of the New Patch and the New Winep. 147
Epilogue: The Church in a Time of Transitionp. 156
Study Guidep. 170
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ISBN: 9780802808349
ISBN-10: 0802808344
Series: Faith's horizons
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: October 1994
Publisher: William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.2
Weight (kg): 0.31
Edition Number: 2