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Concern for the hungry belongs to the heart of the Scripture's testimony about God. The Bible's justice tradition serves as a canon within the canon that the Christian church dare not ignore. The Lord's Prayer demonstrates how justice for the hungry is also deeply rooted in the teaching of Jesus. The author summons the Christian church to listen to the cries of the hungry and commit itself to ending hunger as a matter of status confessionis. Ending hunger is a real possibility for our time. The role of the church...
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Overview

Concern for the hungry belongs to the heart of the Scripture's testimony about God. The Bible's justice tradition serves as a canon within the canon that the Christian church dare not ignore. The Lord's Prayer demonstrates how justice for the hungry is also deeply rooted in the teaching of Jesus. The author summons the Christian church to listen to the cries of the hungry and commit itself to ending hunger as a matter of status confessionis. Ending hunger is a real possibility for our time. The role of the church in advocating this possibility is crucial.

All royalties from this book will be donated to Bread for the World and the ELCA World Hunger Program.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806649931
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/1/2003
  • Series: Lutheran Voices Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 0.20 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Table of Contents

The Prayer of the Children 7
Foreword 9
Preface 11
Introduction: Discovering the World of the Hungry 15
1. Biblical Witness: The Justice Tradition 19
Set Free for Love of Neighbor 19
The Biblical Imperative for Justice 21
Kingdom of God, Kingdom of Justice 24
2. The Prayer Jesus Taught 29
Jesus on Prayer 29
The Lord's Prayer and the Things of This World 30
Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread 34
3. Hunger Imperatives! 39
Hear the Cries of the Poor! 39
Combating Hunger as a Theological Imperative 46
4. Stopping Hunger: A Matter of Status Confessionis 53
Defining Status Confessionis 56
At the Core of the Christian Faith 59
Practical Implications 62
5. Ending Hunger: A Real Possibility 65
Food Is a Human Right 65
Equitable Food Distribution: The Church's Advocacy Role 70
Spiritual Courage 75
Conclusion: Kingdom of God and the Cross 79
A Sermon Postscript "Through the Needle's Eye" 81
Addendum: On Status Confessionis 85
Bibliography 89
Notes 91
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