No More Cheeks to Turn?

No More Cheeks to Turn?

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How should Christians respond to violence against them? In this practical, Christ-centered book Sunday Agang recounts his own journey from being an angry young pastor eager for revenge to being a peacemaker. He writes about the use and abuse of Scripture in the context of violence and points to Christ as our supreme example. The book also contains many examples of ordinary people working out their theology of peace in practice. Study questions encourage us to reflect on our own experiences of violence and to develop creative strategies for responding to violence without compromising the kingdom values by which we live. The book is intended for pastors and young adults.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 9mm | 181g
  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • English
  • 996600338X
  • 9789966003386
  • 3,102,049

Table of contents

Foreword by Archbishop Kwashi of Jos, Nigeria
Foreword by Dr. Craig Keener, Asbury Seminary
1. Living in Darkness and the Shadow of Death
2. The Sources of Violence in Africa
Our History
Our Stereotypes
Our Stories
Our Politics
Our Resources
Our Ethics
3. Praying the Imprecatory Psalms
4. The Roots of Violence
5. Responses to Violence
6. Oppressed and Oppressors
God Acts When His People Are Oppressed
God Acts When His People Become Oppressors
Judges and Kings
7. Jesus and the Kingdom of God
8. From Hate to Forgiveness
9. Speaking for Truth
10. The Bible and Suffering
11. The Way of Jesus
Example : Turning the Other Cheek
Example : Going the Extra Mile
Example : Giving Your Cloak
12 So What Do We Teach?
13. So What Do We Do?
14. Does Non-Violence Work?
Mahatma Gandhi
Martin Luther King Jr.
Nelson Mandela
The God of Surprises
15. Living by Kingdom Values
16. Conclusion
Appendix 1 Christian Response to Violence: An Emerging Theological Paradigm? by Gideon Para-Mallam of IFES
Appendix 2: Religious Trends and Issues in Nigeria
Further Reading
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Review quote

Sunday deals sensitively with feelings and experiences that he understands all too well, feelings of fear, mourning, frustration, and anger. In the end, however, he still summons us to follow the costly way of our Lord Jesus. He invites us to recount stories of hope, rather than stories that incite more violence.

--Craig Keener

Asbury Seminary, USA

It is my pleasure to recommend this book most highly not only to individual Christians but also to churches and community groups. It will repay careful consideration and study, and by the grace of God, can become a powerful tool in the much needed transformation of society today.

--The Most Rev Dr Benjamin A. Kwashi

Anglican Archbishop of Jos, Nigeria
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