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Return to Justice : Six Movements That Reignited Our Contemporary Evangelical Conscience

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Reclaiming an Evangelical History of Activism In recent years, there has been 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 this 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. 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. They explore historical and theological lessons learned and offer a way forward for contemporary Christians.show more

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  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 137 x 213 x 18mm | 272g
  • Baker Publishing Group
  • Brazos Press, Div of Baker Publishing Group
  • Ada, MI, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1587433761
  • 9781587433764
  • 53,668

About Soong-Chan Rah

Soong-Chan Rah (ThD, Duke University) is Milton B. Engebretson Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of Many Colors (an Outreach book award winner) and The Next Evangelicalism. Gary VanderPol (ThD, Boston University) is senior pastor of Church without Walls in Berkeley, California.show more

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"Justice must be central for Christians because it is central to the heart of God. As Rah and VanderPol write, American evangelicals are rediscovering God's deep concern and Christians' historic activism for justice. Return to Justice is a compelling reminder that those on the margins must be at the center of the church's attention." --Richard Stearns, president, World Vision U.S.; author of The Hole in Our Gospel "I cannot recommend this book strongly enough." --Jim Wallis, New York Times bestselling author of America's Original Sin; president of Sojourners; editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine "I know Rah and VanderPol personally and highly respect them and cherish that they have done an excellent job in articulating the history of the return of justice to the evangelical church. I am blessed we can participate in that return as we find ourselves at a wonderful crossroads. I wish that the church community worldwide could read this book, particularly those who are a part of this new multicultural church planting and post-racial generation." --John M. Perkins, founder, John and Vera Mae Perkins Foundation; author of Leadership Revolution "The resurgence of concern for justice emerges from deep wells in the evangelical tradition, and the story needs to be told--and in fact has now been told in Return to Justice." --Scot McKnight, Northern Seminary "Return to Justice tells the story of an evangelical history that must not be forgotten. This book examines several influential evangelical movements that have shaped our understanding of service, compassion, and justice, including contributions from the African American and Latino evangelical communities. It provides valuable insights that both inspire individual growth and compel us toward an authentic return to God's heart for justice." --Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon, author of Social Justice Handbook: Small Steps for a Better World "This carefully researched book shines a spotlight on modern evangelical movements that expound the gospel message as a mandate for social justice as well as eternal salvation. While the authors' recommendation of these groups includes some critique of their aims and actions, they want other evangelicals to realize how thoroughly evangelical the activities of John Perkins, World Vision, the Fraternidad TeolOgica Latinoamericana, and other groups have been. They make a persuasive case." --Mark Noll, author of Turning Pointsshow more

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