Saturday, September 24, 2016

Return to Justice: A Book Review

About The Book:

Reclaiming an Evangelical History of Activism

In recent years, there has been a renewed interest by evangelicals in the topic of biblical social justice. Younger evangelicals and millennials, in particular, have shown increased concern for social issues. But the move toward evangelical social justice is not a recent development. Following World War II, a new movement of American evangelicals emerged who gradually increased their efforts on behalf of justice.

This work explains the important historical context for evangelical reengagement with social justice issues. It tells the story of how, in just two generations, Bible-believing Christians came to rediscover what has always been true: justice is close to the heart of God. The authors provide an overview of post-World War II evangelical social justice and compassion ministries, introducing key figures and seminal organizations that propelled the rediscovery of biblical justice. The book explores the historical and theological lessons learned from evangelical history and offers a way forward for contemporary Christians.

Part 1: Justice Is Personal and Relational1. The Power of Personal Story: John Perkins and the Christian Community Development Association
2. The Power of a Personal Connection: Child Sponsorship and Global Poverty
Part 2: Justice Is Public and Prophetic3. World Vision and the Work of Prophetic Advocacy
4. Sojourners as a Prophetic Voice for Those on the Margins
Part 3: Justice Confronts Power in Community5. African-American Evangelicals and the Challenge of True Racial Reconciliation
6. The Fraternidad Teológica Latinoamericana and the Sharing of Power in a Globalized Christianity

You can read an excerpt of Return To Justice here, in PDF format

About The Authors:

Soong-Chan Rah (ThD, Duke University) is a sought-after speaker and a major voice on today's evangelical social justice scene. He is Milton B. Engebretson Associate Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois, and is the author of Many Colors: Cultural Intelligence for a Changing Church (winner of an Outreachmagazine book award) and the popular and influential The Next Evangelicalism. Rah was founding pastor of Cambridge Community Fellowship Church, a multiethnic, urban, postmodern generation church in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He serves on the boards of Sojourners, the Christian Community Development Association (CCDA), World Vision, and the Catalyst Leadership Center.

Gary VanderPol (ThD, Boston University) is senior pastor of Church without Walls in Berkeley, California. He has served as an adjunct professor at Denver Seminary, has taught in Costa Rica, and has fifteen years of missionary experience.

My Review:

This was an amazing book to read that takes you through five major events in Christian history and how they relate to social justice! It gives you some amazing background on each event and reminds us of our true calling as Christians to justice for the world around us! 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase Return To Justice at your favorite book retailer from Brazos Press, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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