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Generous Justice: How God's Grace Makes Us Just

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  • Posted December 13, 2011

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    A crowd pleaser that will transform lives

    If there are two books that define Timothy Keller¿s popularity and ministry, they are Reason For God and Generous Justice. The first more so because it established Keller¿s reputation, the second because it is the heartbeat of his church work in New York. Generous Justice can be called by some to be a book advocating social justice, but it quite simply sheds light on God¿s command to seek the welfare of communities around the world, much like Israelites had the duty to stand up for truth, righteousness, and justice in the nation and not show partially. Our duties to help the poor, the widowed, the orphan, the sojourners, as well as righting what has been wronged or deprived of others because of multiple factors, characterizes our duty as Christians. Not only does this exemplify love toward our neighbor, but it opens up opportunities for us to share the gospel message to them, which is the most important thing when it¿s all said and done.

    This book is not a large sized book, but it gets the job done effectively. I would highly recommend this book if you don¿t already participate in efforts to reach out to the community to heal them. You will be inspired.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 1, 2010

    Intellectual discussion of how the church can serve the world

    Generous Justice by Timothy Keller is an intelligent and reasoned discussion on how Christians should be serving within the world today. Keller, who is a pastor of a large church in New York City, throws aside the differences between fundamentalists, who focus on teaching about God, and the progressive church, which is focused on social justice. Keller says they both have it wrong by focusing on one side and ignoring the other. By using several biblical examples, as well as contemporary anecdotes, he explains how the church is called care for the poor in radical and unexpected ways. The first century church pooled their resources and had no poor among them, Keller recognizes that today's church isn't so simple, but that doesn't allow the church to simply ignore the problems in their communities. He encourages churches to move into communities in need of help and then recruit leaders from the neighborhood to make them a part of permanent change. There are other books on this subject out there, but Keller's is the first I've read that gives real suggestions that any reader can follow. Chapter seven is a fascinating discussion on just what the word "justice" means, with three philosophical definitions and how all of them miss the mark as well. Keller's focus is that true justice for everyone can only be found in the Bible and by studying the Word of God. His writing is very cerebral and inspiring.

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  • Posted July 4, 2011

    Foundational

    This book was very informative in my understanding of the issue of justice. I recommend it to anyone looking to understand the Christian position on justice and what that practically looks like in a fallen world.

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