Title: Caring for Creation: The Evangelical’s Guide to Climate Change and a Healthy Environment Authors: Mitch Hescox and Paul Douglas Publisher: Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House, 2016 Pages: 165 plus end notes Reviewer: Susan S. Baker It is often difficult reading about climate change crises as there seem to be so many statistics and technical jargon, […]
Title: Redeeming Power: Understanding Authority and Abuse in the Church Author: Diane Langberg Publisher: Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, a division of Baker Publishing Group Pages: 199 plus end notes Reviewer: Susan S. Baker We have been hearing more and more about abuse in all types of settings—families, businesses, children’s groups like the BSA, politicians,
The last issue of this Journal was published in the spring of 2020, and the letter from the editors addressed the racial inequities involved in the U.S. both in the criminal justice system and in the effects of COVID-19. Much of our country had been under “shelter in place” orders and our children had to quickly
Christian schools in the U.S. have been known as educational sanctuaries to protect and provide quality Christian education to children from Christian families. They also have been known too often as havens to protect white children from having to go to school with black and brown children who did not meet their standards. Praise God,
Title: Becoming a Just Church: Cultivating Communities of God’s Shalom Author: Adam L. Gustine Publisher: Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2019 Pages: 204 plus end notes Reviewer: Susan S. Baker There are a number of books written about how a church can be effective cross-culturally. Multi-ethnic churches are attempting to reach across cultural lines to
It is impossible to speak of the impact Manny has had on urban ministry without taking a quick look into who he was as a man of God. Manny never pretended to be perfect or above anyone else. He saw himself as a sinner saved by the grace of God. His keen awareness of his own failings kept him humble, always giving credit to the Lord for his achievements, and non-judgmental, knowing that God forgave him for his sins so how could he do otherwise with others.
Most books about race focus on individual racism; others on systemic racism. David Leong’s book addresses systemic issues in a mission context and delves into how place affects and is affected by racial differentiation, how the way the places we inhabit has been formed for the sake of exclusion, and how place must therefore be considered when working for reconciliation and mission.
Hundreds of churches are being planted within relatively few years and tens of thousands are coming to know Christ, in places and among people groups that most of us have never heard of. David Garrison calls these occurrences Church Planting Movements, and within the pages of his book by the same name he provides their stories and lessons the Church as a whole can learn from them.
Most well-to-do North American Christians have a misunderstanding of poverty, as well as of themselves in relation to the poor, and therefore apply misguided solutions that end up hurting rather than helping already desperate situations, in spite of their good intentions. Here is a book that seeks to help the church, especially the well-to-do North American church, gain a better understanding of poverty that will lead to better practices of mercy ministry.