The purpose of this book—written by 34 dedicated Christian scholars and community practitioners—is to help Christ’s church to understand how this “world” and the people who live in it think, feel, and react to some of the issues they face in their daily lives, and how to bring peace, justice, and compassion to the society that surrounds our homes, churches, and communities.
Jesus says, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God” (Matt. 5:9). Shalom, which we translate as peace, means more than the absence of conflict. To live in shalom, as a peacemaker, means we actively live our lives in a way that brings healing, wholeness, harmony, and well being to the lives of people we meet.
This is not a prescriptive book that will provide answers to all the social and missiological woes in society (though there will be some guidelines for how to start various ministries). Instead, the authors have attempted to describe some parts of the problems that exist in our societies and churches and have encouraged the readers as individuals, as well as groups, to find their own answers to many of the issues raised.
Some of the issues raised will not be comfortable to discuss in Church circles, but we all hope that they will be treated with the same respect and compassion that Jesus gives in response to each one of our needs.
Paperback. 799 pages. Copyright 2015.