Preaching Justice: The Ethical Vocation of Word and Sacrament Ministry

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The principal concern of this book is not complex theoretical discussions of justice so common to the discipline of ethics, but how working for justice fits into the church s mission and especially into its preaching. An opening chapter sets forth a biblical and theological basis for the conviction that justice is at the heart of the church s mission and witness. Then follows a chapter on preaching that distinguishes between merely moralizing about justice and genuinely ...
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Overview

The principal concern of this book is not complex theoretical discussions of justice so common to the discipline of ethics, but how working for justice fits into the church s mission and especially into its preaching. An opening chapter sets forth a biblical and theological basis for the conviction that justice is at the heart of the church s mission and witness. Then follows a chapter on preaching that distinguishes between merely moralizing about justice and genuinely preaching it.

The remaining chapters in the book speak of preaching justice in dialogue with current contextual realities such as: (1) the racism of our American context, (2) the church s pentecostal heritage of communicating in and through all cultures, (3) the fact that much of the injustice in our society is a by-product of greed in its individual and enculturated manifestations, and (4) the need to deal appropriately and faithfully with the multicultural context of today. A concluding chapter brings the preacher back into the context of the church and its gospel foundations, that is, the source of preaching justice and walking together with the people of God in quest of it.

James M. Childs is the Joseph A. Sittler Professor of Theology and Ethics and Academic Dean at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio. He is the author of Faith, Formation, and Decision: Ethics in the Community of Promise (1991) and Ethics in Business: Faith at Work (1995).

For: Clergy, seminarians, homileticians, ethicists, peace-and-justice readerships, students of mission and modern culture

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563383137
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 3/1/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 126
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.26 (d)

Meet the Author

James M. Childs, Jr. is the Edward C. Fendt Professor of Systematic Theology at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, Columbus, Ohio.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Foundation: Preaching justice is at the core of the church's gospel proclamation 1
2 Motivation: Preaching justice is not moralizing about it 17
3 Context: Preaching justice in America means addressing our racism 31
4 Catholicity: Preaching justice means just proclamation 43
5 Economy: Preaching justice means exposing the greed in our culture to the light of the divine economy 58
6 World: Preaching justice is the voice of the Christian community in dialogue, seeking the will of God 74
7 Grace: Preaching justice means living by God's promise 94
Notes 103
Index 109
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