1-11-2010: Finally, finally, finally, there will soon be a book in bookstores everywhere presenting our viewpont
about tithign. Seehttp://www.amazon.com/Perspectives-Tithing-Views-David-Croteau/dp/0805449779/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1289482778&sr=8-1
Our good friend, David Croteau, is both editor and contributor. He evaluates all four views plus his own extensively.
I suggest all of you buy this book and spread the word. For me it is a great breakthrogh.
This book is both publilshed and circulated by the Southern Baptist Convention's own press. And it is
David Croteau, Ph.
Slave of the Word
Dr. David Croteau, PhD, graduated from Southeastern
Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, North Carolina after writing his Ph. D. dissertation on the subject
of tithing. His primary instructor for the dissertation was Andreas Kostenberger. The reader for his Ph. D. dissertation was
Craig Blomberg of Denver Seminary.Dr. Croteau is currently on staff at LibertyUniversity.
BY DR. DAVID CROTEAU:
Part One; June 3, 2009
History; Abraham; Jacob
It is a reworking of my dissertation. I argue, in essence, what this group has been
discussing for a few years - that the tithe has no direct application for Christians. The text of the book is over 270 pages
and here are the endorsements:
"David Croteau's study promises to be the definitive work on tithing for years to
come. Croteau provides a thorough survey of the history of scholarship on the issue, exegetes all relevant biblical texts,
and discusses all the major systematic theological issues at stake. But Croteau does not stop there. He sets tithing within
the framework of the larger pattern of New Covenant giving, which renders his study not merely academically significant but
also immensely practical. For all those interested in the subject of giving, tithing, and financial Christian stewardship,
this is a must-read-highly recommended."
—Andreas J. Köstenberger
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
"Argumentation is extremely thorough and persuasive . . . the amount of material
surveyed especially in recent American church history is exemplary. . . . The positions articulated are eminently defensible
and indeed superbly defended. An important contribution in the current American and SBC [Southern Baptist Convention] conversation
"David Croteau is an engaging young scholar who has done some careful thinking regarding
the biblical concept of stewardship. For example, his twenty principles of giving in chapter 5 provide a handy, succinct summary
of his research."
Are Christians obligated to tithe? David Croteau thinks not, and argues that it is
only our traditionalism that prevents us from following the biblical instructions about giving. The New Covenant foundation
for giving is always relationship-driven, grace-driven, and love-driven. "Radical obedience is required," the author states.
But Christians who give less than 10 percent "do not sin." I am impressed with Mr. Croteau's work. It offers valid, profound,
and inspiring direction to all and especially evangelical Christians."
—David Alan Black
Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary"
Since one's view of giving or tithing often is the consequence and application of
their theological system, and since there is no agreement on this issue, this is a discussion that can contribute to the practice
of the church. Not only will students of theology and divinity in colleges and seminaries be able to make use of such a volume,
but clergy and other practitioners in the church will be able to profit from such a volume as well. This is an issue that
is raised by Christians in the church every week when the offering or collection plate is distributed. David Croteau possesses
the theological skills necessary to developThe theological guide through the various issues in a manner that is not only informative,
but also irenic and impartial."