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The Justice Calling

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Author:  Bethany Hanke Hoang and Kristen Deede Johnson
ISBN:  9781587433634
Publisher:  Baker
Published:  2016
Pages:  210
Sub-title:  Where Passion meets Perseverance

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Grounding Our Passion for Justice in Deeply Rooted Faith

Justice requires perseverance--a deep perseverance we can't muster on our own. The world's needs are staggering and even the most passion-driven reactions, strategies, and good intentions can falter. But we serve a God who never falters, who sees the needs, hears the cries, and gives strength--through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit--to his people.

Offering a comprehensive biblical theology of justice drawn from the whole story of Scripture, The Justice Calling invites us to know more intimately the God who loves justice and calls us to give our lives to seek the flourishing of others. The authors explore stories of injustice around the globe today and spur Christians to root their passion for justice in the persevering hope of Christ. They also offer practices that can further form us into people who join God's work of setting things right in the world.

Table of Contents

1.  Engage the Whole Story
     Justice and Righteousness
2.  Receive God's Vision of Flourishing
     Justice and Creation
3.  Move toward Darkness
     Justice and the Fall
4.  Lament
     Justice and Jesus
5.  Live as Saints (Not Heroes)
     Justice and Jesus
6.  Be Sanctified and Sent
     Justice and the Church
7.  Persevere in Hope
     Justice and All Things Being Made New
     Conclusion:  Abide in Jesus
     Justice and Perseverance

Endorsements

“This is a deep, wide, wise contribution to a truly comprehensive Christian understanding of justice. I can’t imagine a better biblical and theological introduction to the topic of justice, combined with pastoral wisdom and the urgency that comes from direct engagement with the brokenness of our world.”
Andy Crouch, executive editor, Christianity Today; author of Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power

“I suspect that The Justice Calling will become one of those books I turn to again and again. Its message is grounded not only in a few key biblical texts but in the full story of God’s people from Genesis to Revelation. Weaving biblical truth with personal experience, the authors lead us from God’s glorious vision of human flourishing, through the fall and our need to lament, to Jesus’s renewed call to his church, and finally to the restored vision of ‘all things made new.’ As one seeking to live justly in places of deep brokenness and violent conflict, I am grateful for the thread that stitches this whole book together: the possibility and promise of persevering hope.”
Lynne Hybels, advocate for global engagement, Willow Creek Community Church

“Many books on justice have appeared in recent years. Three things make this one stand out from the crowd. First, instead of quoting only a few golden nuggets from Scripture, the authors trace the theme of justice throughout Scripture. Second, they give concreteness to their discussion with harrowing true-life stories of present-day sex trafficking and slavery. And third, they explicitly address the need of those who struggle for justice, patience, lament, and hope. An important contribution.”
Nicholas Wolterstorff, Yale University

“We live in a time when conversations surrounding justice have become celebrated in the church. For this, we should all be grateful. But if we’re not careful, the pursuit of justice can become more about us than about responding to the heart and character of God. In The Justice Calling, Hoang and Johnson have written a resource for the church that is theologically rich, biblically faithful, and practically engaging. I’m genuinely inspired by this book and pray that it will encourage, challenge, and inspire others not only to the work of justice but also to the God of justice.”
Eugene Cho, senior pastor, Quest Church; founder, One Day’s Wages; author of Overrated: Are We More in Love with the Idea of Changing the World Than Actually Changing the World?

““This is a powerful and timely book that shows us why the God of justice must be at the center of the justice movement in this generation. The authors have combined their years of national and global experience along with deep theological reflection to produce one of the best biblical theologies on justice that I’ve ever read. As an advocate for justice and racial reconciliation, I highly recommend it!”
Brenda Salter McNeil, Seattle Pacific University; author of Roadmap to Reconciliation and A Credible Witness

“There is so much joy to be found as we follow God into his work of justice, so much strength to be gained in the Scriptures that he’s given to us. The Justice Calling takes us deep into all of these gifts. As we face down the giants of injustice in the season ahead, this is a book I’d urge every follower of Jesus to dig into and carry close at hand.”
Gary A. Haugen, president and CEO, International Justice Mission; author of The Locust Effect

“We often think justice is merely standing against and stopping what is wrong. It is no less than that, but it is far more. With tender passion and immense wisdom, Hoang and Johnson invite us to see that the drama of the Bible is about growing goodness as a means to thwart what is unrighteous. Their development of justice as a primary passion of God’s is brilliant and breathtaking. Their personal journeys of addressing human trafficking will further open your heart to the wonder of how mercy and justice kiss in the person of Jesus Christ. This is a must-read, glorious book.”
Dan B. Allender, Seattle School of Theology and Psychology

“I’ve been waiting for a book that blends the depth of Scripture’s call to justice with the breadth of how God is using the church today. We now have that book. While the stories of pain and injustice will haunt you, this fresh exploration of God’s vision for our world will make you want to get up and do something—and invite others to join you.”
Kara Powell, executive director, Fuller Youth Institute

"It is one thing to do justice and another to become a justice-minded person. This is the textbook for the latter. We cannot understand the full meaning of words like holiness and righteousness without understanding God's heart for justice. Bethany and Kristen lead us through the metanarrative of Scripture in such a beautiful, justice-centered way that we cannot see justice as a tertiary topic anymore. It is central to the heart of God, but it is not, as we may have assumed, an invitation to be overworked and overwhelmed. Each of us has a justice calling of our own that only trusting in God can reveal. Beautifully written, beautifully lived!"
--Sara Groves, singer/songwriter and advocate for IJM

"By now, Christians should know that we are supposed to care about justice. But the deep conviction to stick it out, go the extra mile, and stay in the struggle long after the cameras have gone home haunts a new generation. I can't imagine a better book to give to a new believer, a college student, or anyone desiring to change the world. Thank you, Bethany and Kristen, for this important work; it is powerful and convicting and will be a staple book for the church for many years to come."
--Gabe Lyons, author of Good Faith and founder of Q

"God calls us to show up and love with his love, and we can't do that if we don't know his word. This book takes us deep into God's word as God takes us deep into his world. The Bible is the living word of God, and we need to know the whole of it and live it. This is how God prepares us and sustains us in his work of justice--by his word alone."
--Christine Caine, founder of The A21 Campaign and Propel

"In an age when justice is viewed by many as an issue of awareness, Bethany and Kristen embrace the reality of God's call to action. I am excited to see how this work will influence leaders as they face the biblical challenge to confront injustice head on at God's invitation. Thank you, Bethany and Kristen, for answering the call to this great need."
--Tyler Reagin, executive director, Catalyst

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