Resurrection City: A Theology of Improvisation

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In Resurrection City Peter Heltzel paints a prophetic picture of an evangelical Christianity that eschews a majority mentality and instead fights against racism, inequality, and injustice, embracing the concerns of the poor and marginalized, just as Jesus did. Placing society's needs front and center, Heltzel calls for radical change and collective activism modeled on God's love and justice.

In particular, Heltzel explores the social forms that love and justice can take as ...

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Resurrection City: A Theology of Improvisation (Prophetic Christianity)

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Overview

In Resurrection City Peter Heltzel paints a prophetic picture of an evangelical Christianity that eschews a majority mentality and instead fights against racism, inequality, and injustice, embracing the concerns of the poor and marginalized, just as Jesus did. Placing society's needs front and center, Heltzel calls for radical change and collective activism modeled on God's love and justice.

In particular, Heltzel explores the social forms that love and justice can take as religious communities join together to build "beloved cities." He proclaims the importance of "improvising for justice" -- likening the church's prophetic ministry to jazz music -- and develops a biblical theology of shalom justice. His vision draws inspiration from the black freedom struggle and the lives of Sojourner Truth, Howard Thurman, and Martin Luther King Jr. Pulsing with hope and beauty, Resurrection City compels evangelical Christians to begin "a global movement for love and justice" that truly embodies the kingdom of God.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802867599
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 11/23/2012
  • Pages: 219
  • Sales rank: 871,379
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Goodwin Heltzel is associate professor of theology and director of the Micah Institute at New York Theological Seminary. Author of Jesus and Justice: Evangelicals, Race, and American Politics (Yale, 2009) and coeditor of the Prophetic Christianity series, he is also assistant pastor of evangelism at Park Avenue Christian Church in New York City.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii

Introduction xi

1 Resurrection City 1

2 Shalom Justice: The Prophetic Imperative 22

3 Jesus the Jewish Improviser 49

4 Freedom Dreams: Thomas Jefferson, Sojourner Truth, and the Promise of Freedom 73

5 Building the Beloved City: Howard Thurman and Martin Luther King Jr. 90

6 The Church as a Theater of the Oppressed 122

7 A Love Supreme 145

Notes 172

Index of Subjects and Names 196

Index of Scripture References 201

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