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The Justmissional Church

From the Foreword by Michael T. Cooper: All along the journey of the past several decades the church has moved from an inward focus and soul saving to an outward focus on both the material and spiritual needs of people. I believe it has been a positive journey; one that is bearing fruit as people are learning that the church is concerned not only with one's personal salvation, but for the entire person. That is what The JustMissional Church is about. Dr. Hesselgrave has written what is no doubt an important volume for those who want to continue the journey. The JustMissional Church is about the church rediscovering its call to justice. As Ron explains, justice is a far more rich concept than simply reducing it to the social gospel. It is at the core of God's character and should therefore characterize the church. As he says, the worship of God cannot be separated from acts of justice. Here is the challenge: "If our lives fail to reflect God's heart for justice and mercy our songs of praise are only noise in his ears, our offerings and religious observances are meaningless, and our most eloquent prayers are an affront to him." This is a must read for anyone concerned about the future of the church.
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Ronald P. Hesselgrave, (MDiv., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; MUPP, University of Illinois, Chicago; and PhD, Drew University) is currently the education/resource coordinator for EFCA ReachGlobal Europe/Asia. He has taught at Trinity College (Deerfield, IL), Alliance Theological Seminary and Nyack College (Nyack, NY), and Rutgers University. He also worked as researcher/writer for the Chicago Rehab Network, a coalition of not-for-profit housing development organizations in Chicago. He is the author of Public Ethics for a Pluralistic Society ( 2001) and God's Mandate for Justice: Studies in the Book of Luke (2013). He and his wife Kathi are co-founders of Stepping Stones Ministries, an aftercare ministry for survivors of sex trafficking in the Chicago area.

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