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Review: Journey into Justice

Über-kind words from our friend Melissa Deming, reviewing Journey into Justice:

melissa[This book] isn’t just for people interested in justice ministries, nor is it solely for those who love missions. Journey into Justice is for all believers who desire to see God’s kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. … The book connects the dots between the gospel and true biblical justice. So, if you’ve ever wondered what social ministries have to do with spiritual realities, you need this book!

[Journey into Justice] is truly a biblical theology of justice, tracing the larger theme of justice throughout the Scriptures beginning with God’s first kingdom in Genesis and culminating in his new kingdom in Revelation. Above all, social justice is about God’s kingdom and his original intent for the people living in it. The book offers full and accessible definitions of popular terms – mercy, justice, repentance, transformation, faith, etc. He carefully roots these concepts in the full context of the biblical story.

This book is about redemptive relationships – with God and with others – as Jesus’ disciples walk in his ways and multiply themselves. Each chapter offers real-life stories of the transformation that comes from God’s justice and the people who pursue it. So, Journey into Justice isn’t a book to brow-beat you into adding another item to your “spiritual check-list.” It’s a book to challenge you to return to the King.

Read the full review by clicking here. If you are a mother who wants to maximize the Mission in her life and family, you should be following Melissa at her excellent blog, hiveresources.com! She’s also the author of Daughters of the King – a 10-week Bible study that helps women find their place in the biblical story.

Ministries of Mercy: The Call of the Jericho Road

Timothy J. Keller

keller mercyWhy would someone risk his safety, destroy his schedule, and become dirty and bloody to help a needy person of another race and social class? And why would Jesus tell us “Go and do likewise”? Like the wounded man on the Jericho road, there are needy people in our path – the widow next door, the family strapped with medical bills, the homeless man outside our place of worship. God calls us to be ministers of mercy to people in need of shelter, assistance, medical care, or just friendships.

Timothy J. Keller, senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, demonstrates that caring for needy people is the job of every believer, as fundamental to Christian living as evangelism, nurture, and worship. But Keller doesn’t stop there. He shows how we can carry out this vital ministry as individuals, families, and churches. Along the way, he deals with many thorny issues, such as the costs of meeting needs versus the limits of time and resources, giving material aid versus teaching responsibility, and meeting needs within the church versus those outside.

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(Purchase benefits Multiply Justice partner projects)

What Every Church Member Should Know about Poverty

Bill Ehlig, Ruby K. Payne

what every church member know povertyTo help individuals and communities overcome poverty, you first must understand poverty. Then you must have a systematic approach that helps people create a stable foundation for holistic life progress.

Bill Ehlig of Missouri Street Church of Christ in Baytown, Texas, provides a church leader’s perspective on Ruby Payne’s foundational insights into the mindset of people in poverty and how to help them see a path forward to a better life. The result is a book that will help church members enter truly redemptive relationships with people in need.

Ruby Payne‘s model calls for cooperation and collaboration across all sectors of a community to address the root causes of poverty, support individuals as they build resources, and achieve a sustainable community where everyone can live well.

Based on research based into the causes of economic class, this practical, non-political approach provides a practical model to address poverty at the individual, institutional, and community levels. By building relationships of mutual respect between and among people in different life circumstances, the model encourages knowledge sharing and innovation in a systemic approach to building resources in all aspects of daily life. Strategies that work are developed, and individuals embed them into their daily routines.

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(Purchase benefits Multiply Justice partner projects)

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