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On Love and Mercy: A Social Justice Devotional

On Love and Mercy: A Social Justice Devotional

by Stephen Mattson


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A hopeful and Christ-centered devotional for Christians who know social justice to be a good and holy endeavor

On Love and Mercy is a 60-day devotional that invites readers to expand their vision of both personal faith in God and the redemptive and saving work of social action. Breaking down the premise that Christians must choose between being either socially conscious or theologically sound, author Stephen Mattson offers the hopeful message that Jesus—and Christianity—is both. Each day’s entry offers Christians who long to see justice and equity within society with a much-needed source of affirmation, solidarity, and encouragement.

These heart-felt devotions bring readers hope and encouragement to embrace social justice as the Christ-like discipline that it always was and is meant to be. On Love and Mercy validates social justice practices within the Christian faith by centering the example of Jesus as the ultimate standard.

Although our religion will fail us, Jesus never will. He walks alongside us in living out God’s commands us to love our neighbors to the best of our ability. Step into this journey and discover anew what it means to be devoted to Jesus and justice.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781513809373
Publisher: APG Sales & Distribution
Publication date: 11/09/2021
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 256,013
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Stephen Mattson is a writer and activist whose work has been published in Relevant, Huffington Post, Sojourners, Red Letter Christians, and a variety of other venues. Mattson graduated from Moody Bible Institute, served as a youth pastor, and now works at University of Northwestern—St. Paul. He is the author of The Great Reckoning: Surviving a Christianity That Looks Nothing Like Christ, published by Herald Press in 2018. He and his wife and children live near Saint Paul, Minnesota. His first book, The Great Reckoning: Surviving a Christianity That Looks Nothing Like Christ, released in 2018.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Removing the Stigma from Social Justice 7

Day 1 Social Justice Is Holy 13

Day 2 The Importance of Social Justice 16

Day 3 The Greatest Commandments: Love God and Love Your Neighbor 18

Day 4 Who Is Your Neighbor? 21

Day 5 Love Your Enemy 25

Day 6 No, Seriously! Love Your Enemy! 28

Day 7 Follow Jesus 32

Day 8 The Bible, Jesus, and Justice 35

Day 9 Jesus is God 39

Day 10 Love 43

Day 11 Citizenship 47

Day 12 The Idolatry of Nationalism 50

Day 13 Satan, Caesar, and Governments 55

Day 14 Your World and the World 59

Day 15 Social Justice is Nonpartisan 62

Day 16 Jesus the Criminal 65

Day 17 Jesus the Heretic 68

Day 18 Jesus the Immigrant, Jesus the Refugee 72

Day 19 Jesus the Social Outcast 75

Day 20 Jesus the Activist 79

Day 21 Jesus: The Prince of Peace 82

Day 22 A Kingdom of God Mindset 88

Day 23 Made in God's Image 93

Day 24 Sexual and Gender Prejudice 95

Day 25 Becoming Anti-Racist 99

Day 26 The Beautiful Diversity and Inclusivity of God 103

Day 27 Children and the Elderly 107

Day 28 Ableism 111

Day 29 Humbly Educate Yourself 114

Day 30 Acquire Wisdom, Be a Scholar of Historical Truth 120

Day 31 Believe Survivors 125

Day 32 Lament 128

Day 33 Bearing Witness 133

Day 34 Religious Bias 137

Day 35 Taking God's Name in Vain 140

Day 36 Truth-Bearers 143

Day 37 Social Justice as a Christian Way of Life 147

Day 38 Kindness and Humility 151

Day 39 Judge Not 154

Day 40 Unstained from the World 157

Day 41 Money and Sacrifice 160

Day 42 The Poor 166

Day 43 Love Is Power 170

Day 44 Social Justice Begins With Us 174

Day 45 Social Justice Is Relational 177

Day 46 Your Gifts 180

Day 47 Societal Theft 183

Day 48 Slavery, Sexual Oppression, and Misogyny 188

Day 49 Police Brutality 192

Day 50 Prison Reform 195

Day 51 Justice Systems 200

Day 52 Love Your Neighbor More Than Your Religion 203

Day 53 Healthcare 206

Day 54 Environmentalism 209

Day 55 Indigenous Land 213

Day 56 Apologize 216

Day 57 Reparations 221

Day 58 Rest for the Weary 224

Day 59 God of Justice 227

Day 60 Social Justice Creed 233

Notes 237

The Author 239

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