This is the textbook for the latter. I love that we are only at the beginning and have many years of learning together ahead. First, instead of quoting only a few golden nuggets from Scripture, the authors trace the theme of justice throughout Scripture. In the main foyer, I could see that someone had set up an information table. They also offer practices that can further form us into people who join God's work of setting things right in the world.
Offering a comprehensive biblical theology of justice drawn from the whole story of Scripture, this book invites us to know more intimately the God who loves justice and calls us to give our lives to seek the flourishing of others. So what did I do? Andrews is professor of theology and Christian formation at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. The particularity of injustice against the vulnerable, placed in the context of massive global injustice, is mind-boggling. It avoids the twin dangers of gospel reductionism saving souls, not bodies and over-realized eschatology if we don't do something, no one will. The needs in our world are staggering and even the most passion-driven reactions, strategies, and good intentions can falter.
For years I had carried a very personal burden for people who endure sexual abuse, but I had no idea that abuse was happening on a profit-driven, global scale or that an entire industry existed for the sake of exploitation. The Bible is the living word of God, and we need to know the whole of it and live it. Now in paper with an added reader's guide. Her previous publications include Theology, Political Theory, and Pluralism: Beyond Tolerance and Difference. The authors connect justice to Scripture, the character of God, and the long traditions of the church so that our passion meets perseverance and justice becomes an enduring and integrated part of our life and faith. They also offer practices that can further form us into people who join God's work of setting things right in the world.
The existence of this reality, an industry that could be called rape for profit, knocked the wind out of me. The pros of the book are the clear and coherent faith basis for their arguments, even though I'm not in theological agreement with them. Seeing that poster and beginning to learn about human trafficking in all its forms ignited in me a passion that was immediate and strong. This book was a far longer journey than we anticipated, and its very existence is testimony to the Spirit of God working in our midst across the miles. I believe it will do so for you too. Many books on justice have appeared in recent years. Lives centered in the love and justice of God will make room for the poor, the widow, the orphan, and the slave.
The book is also laid out with the highlighted block quote things that magazines do and I will never learn to like those in books. Receive God's Vision of Flourishing Justice and Creation 3. But the deep conviction to stick it out, go the extra mile, and stay in the struggle long after the cameras have gone home haunts a new generation. Thank you, Bethany and Kristen, for this important work; it is powerful and convicting and will be a staple book for the church for many years to come. But if we're not careful, the pursuit of justice can become more about us than about responding to the heart and character of God. Hoang and Johnson lead us through the metanarrative of Scripture in such a beautiful, justice-centered way that we cannot see justice as a tertiary topic anymore.
She teaches and writes in the areas of theology, culture, formation, and political theory. The massive number of people in slavery, combined with news stories of actual children, women, and men all over the world being trapped in this scourge, was enough to leave me utterly overwhelmed. When I eventually lifted my head and stared at the computer screen again, I found myself composing an email to Lisa. This book will especially appeal to young Christians who are searching for writing with some intellectual bite that speaks to their hunger for justice and faith. I wrote down my name and email address so that she could send me more information. The Justice Calling is thoroughly accessible, spiritually insightful, and highly recommended for all members of the Christian community regardless of denominational affiliation.
I loved the fact that there were 'readers guide' questions to reflect on for each chapter, with plenty of questions and challenges within the text itself to think about and act upon it's a bit of an academic read, admittedly! This book will especially appeal to young Christians who are searching for writing with some intellectual bite that speaks to their hunger for justice and faith. But we serve a God who never falters, who sees the needs, hears the cries, and gives strength--through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit--to his people. Be Sanctified and Sent 139 Justice and the Church 7. To Esther Dim, whose faithfulness catapulted me into the work of justice before I even knew your name, and who continually spurs me on to this day. It is no less than that, but it is far more. Lament 79 Justice and Israel 5.
A focus on experience, biblical scholarship, and reflection runs throughout the book, with both Old and New Testaments drawn upon for guidance and wisdom. They do so as fellow travelers who journey with God, and us all, in an unjust world of suffering and pain. This battle belongs to the Lord. Second, they give concreteness to their discussion with harrowing true-life stories of present-day sex trafficking and slavery. How do you wake up every day and face these terrible stories and somehow keep going, much less find a way to make a difference? Jesus says the evidence will be measured by whether we actually live our calling. Many of the ideas for this book were forged in the communities of Hope College and Third Reformed Church and came to life in the communities of Western Theological Seminary and Pillar Church.