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Getting to the heart of social justice

Just SpiritualityWhen it comes to “doing justice,” what is the difference between the Body doing Kingdom justice and other groups pursuing social justice? Why is it such a mistake to care for social needs without giving attention to the condition of the heart?

Mae Elise Canon’s new book, Just Spirituality, says the practice of the disciplines — such as silence, prayer, study, community, worship, sabbath, and submission — provides the fuel that powers our pursuit of justice, moving the world toward the right relationships and right living that should characterize the Kingdom among us. She looks back at seven significant figures in the battle for Kingdom justice and suggests ways their practice of Christian spiritual disciplines can help us be molded, shaped, and transformed more into the image of Christ as we pursue our mission of compassion and justice.

Chapter titles:
Mother Teresa: From silence to service
Dietrich Bonhoeffer: From prayer to discipleship
Watchman Nee: From study to evangelism
Martin Luther King Jr.: From community to proclamation
Fairuz: From worship to freedom
Desmond Tutu: From Sabbath to reconciliation
Oscar Romero: From submission to martyrdom

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Syrian Christians: Caught in the middle

Eric Metaxas writes at BreakPoint:

This past Memorial Day weekend, while Americans were travelling to cookouts, UN officials were travelling to Houla, a cluster of villages north of Homs, the epicenter of the Syrian uprising.

The massacre of 108 civilians was only the most recent atrocity in a fifteen-month-old conflict that has killed between thirteen and nineteen thousand people, most of them civilians.

In an epic understatement, the “New York Times” declared that the massacre “raised questions about the viability” of a peace plan being promoted by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. …

It’s the time for asking hard questions of those who are arguing for a greater American involvement in Syria. … One of the hardest questions is this: What will become of Syria’s substantial Christian population?

The U.S. never asked this question about Iraq’s Christian population before it invaded that country and the result was catastrophic. … Syrian Christians, like their Iraqi brethren, would be caught in the middle if an all-out civil war broke out. And while Iraqi Christians could flee to Syria, where would Syrian Christians flee? …

What’s happening in Syria is tragic and outrageous. … We’ve got to care about our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world. What are we in the church doing to help them? As Dietrich Bonhoeffer famously said, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”

Read the full article here.

Life Together

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

After his martyrdom at the hands of the Gestapo in 1945, Dietrich Bonhoeffer continued his witness in the hearts of Christians around the world. His Letters and Papers from Prison became a prized testimony to Christian faith and courage, read by thousands. Now in Life Together we have Pastor Bonhoeffer’s experience of Christian community. This story of a unique fellowship in an underground SEMInary during the Nazi years reads like one of Paul’s letters. It gives practical advice on how life together in Christ can be sustained in families and groups. The role of personal prayer, worship in common, everyday work, and Christian service is treated in simple, almost biblical, words. Life Together is bread for all who are hungry for the real life of Christian fellowship.

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