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New book offers insight on Prosperity Preaching

by Louisville Seminary | Feb 09, 2012
Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary will host an autograph party for Dr. Debra J. Mumford to celebrate her new book, Exploring Prosperity Preaching: Biblical Health, Wealth and Wisdom, which examines the appeal of prosperity preaching, a theology which claims that financial wealth and good physical health are the will of God for all Christians and that strong faith, positive thinking, and monetary donations to Christian ministries will increase one's material wealth.

Dr. Mumford will sign her book at a public event, which will be held, Thursday, April 26, 2012, at 12:30 p.m., in the Seminary’s Winn Center Dining Room (1044 Alta Vista Road, Louisville, KY 40205). Remarks about the publication will be shared by faculty colleagues, and the book will be available for purchase in the Seminary bookstore. The public is invited to attend free of charge.

To be released in Spring 2012 by Judson Press, Exploring Prosperity Preaching is the culmination of several years of research that began during Mumford’s doctoral studies. While she affirms some of the gifts prosperity preaching offers to Christendom in general, she also highlights concerns such as its doctrine of divine favor; role in the 2008 housing crisis; denial of Jesus’ poverty; refutation of systemic racism; and complete negation of the systemic nature of injustice. As a homiletics professor, Mumford traces the roots of prosperity preaching from its metaphysical origins, through its Methodist and Pentecostal affiliations, to the evolution of the Word of Faith movement and its infiltration of African American preaching traditions.

Mumford is the Frank H. Caldwell Associate Professor of Homiletics at Louisville Seminary where she has been teaching since 2007. She is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Church and also serves as Associate Dean for Student Academic Affairs at the Seminary. She also is the author of “Jeremiah Wright and Black Prophetic Preaching” and “Prosperity Preaching: Will Jesus Make You Rich?” for The Thoughtful Christian and articles for the African American Pulpit and Feasting on the Word: Preaching the Revised Common Lectionary, Year C. Her online preaching resource, LPTS Preach, can be accessed at http://lptspreach.ning.com.

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