In this book, Keller has given me ample reason to consider the implications of what it means to be a christian and a church in out world. In the first section, Keller wants to highlight the magnitude of the problem. He shows how many in America is suffering and lacking in many aspect. As one who does not come from America, I did not find the first chapter to every helpful. However, the rest of the chapters were excellent and helped me visualised similar problems that happens in my own country.
Keller uses the parable of the good Samaritan and makes an excellent case of highlighting the importance of meeting the needs of others. Within the book, I found that Keller gives a very balance approach between meeting the felt needs of people and also meeting their spiritual needs. Keller helps christians think christianly about these issues and helps to see that both aspects are essential to the work of social justice.
In the next section, Keller then helps the christian think through how to implement such measures within the church. I have found this section to be very helpful as well. As one who is convicted by Keller is saying, you might be wondering, how will I be able to implement these in my church? This is where this section comes in. Keller guides readers through the whole process from the start, even before the ministry has started.Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 starsChallenging and important for the church. My only complaint ...
By sd on January 26, 2016
Challenging and important for the church. My only complaint is that the statistics were not updated for the introduction. So much has changed since the 80's and 90's both in terms of the US economy and help available to low income families that an update really is in order. It really wouldn't have taken too much effort to add a few new stats - this is disappointing. Otherwise, a book work reading and puzzling