Preaching Politics: Proclaiming Jesus in an Age of Money, Power, and Partisanship (Paperback)
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Religion, politics, and money. Three things you're never supposed to discuss in polite company. But what if you're a pastor? Forget red state/blue state divisions, what happens when your church members disagree about politics? In this age of prosperity preaching, how do you preach, "You cannot serve God and money?" Clay Stauffer addresses the challenges that preachers face when serving a politically diverse congregation in Preaching Politics. Money, materialism, and their effects on modern-day faith and spirituality are viewed through the teachings of Jesus, as well as the work of Methodist minister Adam Hamilton and Duke University ethicist Stanley Hauerwas.
Dr. Clay Stauffer, Senior Minister at Woodmont Christian Church (Nashville), is a fourth generation Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) minister, following in the footsteps of his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Clay earned degrees from Texas Christian University, Princeton Theological Seminary, and the University of the South. Before being called to Woodmont, Clay served The Riverside Church in New York City, Christ Church in Lausanne, Switzerland, and Lindenwood Christian Church in Memphis. In 2010 Clay was named one of Nashville's "Top Forty under 40" by the Nashville Business Journal, honoring the top young leaders in the city. In July 2011 he received the Fred Craddock Award for excellence in preaching during the General Assembly of the Christian Church. He writes on a regular basis for the Faith and Values section of The Tennessean, and does some church consulting and leadership training on the side. Clay and his wife, Megan, live with their two children in Nashville, where he has served on the boards of the Nashville Food Project, Faith Family Medical Clinic, the Disciples Divinity House at Vanderbilt, the Phoenix Club of Nashville, the Downtown Rotary Club, and Green Hills YMCA.