Generous Justice: How God's Grace Makes Us Just [NOOK Book]

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It is commonly thought in secular society that the Bible is one of the greatest hindrances to doing justice. Isn’t it full of regressive views? Didn’t it condone slavery? Why look to the Bible for guidance on how to have a more just society? But Timothy Keller challenges these preconceived beliefs and presents the Bible as a fundamental source for promoting justice and compassion for those in need. In Generous Justice, he explores a life of justice empowered by an experience of grace: a generous, gracious ...
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Overview

It is commonly thought in secular society that the Bible is one of the greatest hindrances to doing justice. Isn’t it full of regressive views? Didn’t it condone slavery? Why look to the Bible for guidance on how to have a more just society? But Timothy Keller challenges these preconceived beliefs and presents the Bible as a fundamental source for promoting justice and compassion for those in need. In Generous Justice, he explores a life of justice empowered by an experience of grace: a generous, gracious justice. This book offers readers a new understanding of modern justice and human rights that will resonate with both the faithful and the skeptical.

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The pastor of New York City's Redeemer Presbyterian Church offers a persuasive plea for evangelicals to embrace social justice efforts. Keller (The Reason for God), whose evangelical credentials are well respected, is among a new breed of conservative Christians eager to break out of the straitjacket that frowns on justice work as doctrinally unsound or the work of overzealous liberals. Without ever resorting to hyperbole, Keller carefully analyzes Old and New Testament passages to make the case that God's heart for justice on behalf of widows, orphans, immigrants, and the poor is indisputable, and that an encounter with grace will inevitably lead to a desire for justice. This short manifesto goes further: Keller argues that gospel preaching that aims only to change hearts while remaining oblivious to unjust social structures will never fully succeed. Keller recommends that evangelicals partner with non-Christians in pursuit of social reform while speaking distinctively in their own religious idiom. Emergent Christians as well as others serious about their faith and eager for a balanced and authoritative voice on the subject will appreciate this book. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101444504
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/2/2010
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 121,076
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Timothy Keller was born and raised in Pennsylvania and educated at Bucknell University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and Westminster Theological Seminary. He was first a pastor in Hopewell, Virgina. In 1989 he started Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan with his wife, Kathy, and their three sons. Today, Redemmer has more than five thousand regular Sunday attendees, plus the members of more than one hundred new churches around the world. Also the author of Counterfeit Gods, The Prodigal God,and the New York Times bestseller The Reason for God, he lives in New York with his family.
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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.

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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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