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Pursuing Justice: The Call to Live and Die for Bigger Things

4.26 of 5 stars 4.26  ·  rating details  ·  111 ratings  ·  25 reviews
The ONLY way to find abundant life and happiness is to give your life away.

If God designed us to experience true happiness and abundant life, why do so many Christians feel dissatisfied and purposeless We try to make our lives better by chasing our own dreams, but that only makes the problem worse. Instead, the path to a just life that s satisfying and permeated with meani
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Published February 1st 2013 by Thomas Nelson
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Tim Hoiland
When I started researching and writing the article that would become “Serving Justice vs. Saving Souls” for Reject Apathy last year, I decided right away I’d need to interview Ken Wytsma. As the pastor of a church, the president of a college, and the founder of a conference dedicated to helping people think theologically about justice issues, I knew he had an important perspective to share. “Justice makes demands of us in every aspect of our daily existence,” he told me. “It’s something too big ...more
Say you wrested a shard of glass from its setting in a beautiful mosaic, took it home and placed it on the table and declared to anyone in earshot, "This is a magnificent piece of art!" Ken Wytsma says, "No matter how lovely that single shard was it in no way captures the glory of the whole" (6). And yet often our treatment of justice, is a mere single shard treatment:
Justice is like a mosiac. It's not only about single pieces--it's about all the pieces working together in a stunning whole. All
Robert Durough, Jr.
Oct 01, 2014 Robert Durough, Jr. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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Pursuing Justice by Ken Wytsma, founder of The Justice Conference, is the introduction to pass along to others for understanding the need and instilling a desire and passion for justice as we lives for God, assuming they haven’t already grasped it from the Bible. Although Wytsma does not take anyone through a specific form or topic of justice, he brings his reader face to face with it is, its necessity, and the door through which one walks to begin living it and looking for those specificities ...more
As a little kid, I commemorated the time spent growing up in Columbia, Missouri in a quaint little red ranch house by cementing my foot prints into the concrete entryway so that anyone who came upon it would know that at one point in time,I was there. It's been 18 years since I made my mark. I have no idea how many people have or who will walk up those steps and notice my own.

I love that thought. My foot prints are evidence of the past. Every single person arrived by walking in the footprints of
James Pate
This book is about why social justice should be important to evangelical Christians. Wytsma goes into the biblical passages about God’s concern for the poor and the vulnerable, the historical reasons why many conservative Christians have had an aversion to churches focusing on social justice, how rampant consumerism in the United States has warped people’s perceptions, and the importance of—-not just refraining from harming others (the silver rule)—-but of actually caring about others’ well-bein ...more
The only way to true happiness is by giving of ourselves rather than constantly thinking about ourselves. In Pursuing Justice, Wystma extends the challenge for us to do more for the community in which we live and less for ourselves.

Whether we realize it or not - we’re already giving our lives away, but to what? Meaningless things in this world or to the things that matter to God and benefit other people? Wystma talks about finding true joy through serving others.

Pursuing Justice is filled with i
Malin Friess
Ken was kind enough to sign my hard back copy of Pursing Justice and I am happy to review this excellent defense of why Christians are called to something so close to God's own heart: Justice.

To give some background; I don't know Ken Wytsma personally but he is the pastor of my parent's church (a Church plant from Foundry Church (formery known as First Baptist Church of Bend, Oregon.) I have heard Ken preach and he is thoughful, creative, and passionate about teaching theology. I think his "Just
Linda Walters
One of the main themes of this book that jumped out is " What am I blind to?" and "What are the things that I and my generation are unaware of"? The insensitivity when we see injustice has become the new comfortable thing to do. To not see what is around us and act to resolve the pain and suffering of others . It has another name " By Stander Effect." The author shares with his readers not only the character of God concerning justice, the history of some of the injustices, and the his own "ah ha ...more
Gregory Soderberg
This is simply an outstanding book! Ken Wytsma has brought theological and practical depth to the contemporary Christian "justice" discussion. Ken recognizes that justice is a fad for many post-modern Christians, but Ken spends the first few chapters building a theology of justice firmly grounded in Scripture. What I appreciate most about Ken's book is his measured approach. While he is clearly a passionate advocate for justice (through his work with World Relief, Food for the Hungry, and Kilns ...more
In Pursuing Justice, Ken Wytsma portrayed that justice is important because we must listen to God and His calling to reach and touch as many lives as we can. Justice is loving people who need our help in our everyday interactions and making a different in other people’s lives. Ken Wytsma said, “The biblical concept of justice has a lot of shared space with synonyms such as love, mercy, charity, the law, righteousness, and more” (Page 4). No one likes to see the injustice being done in the world ...more

Since the delivery service arrived at my door this week bearing this review package, I've been working my way through Ken Wytsma's debut writing success, Pursuing Justice. Considering today is Valentine's Day, at this point I will say Ken's discussion of the 'Love' connection alone, is worth picking up the book. Here's the set up, abbreviated, but in Ken's words..
A "biblical concept of justice has a lot of shared space with synonyms such as love, mercy, charity... Justice is a sum of many parts.
Jon Stephens
Pursuing Justice: A Call to Live and Die For Bigger Things is a new book by Ken Wytsma. Wytsma is the lead pastor of Antioch Church in Bend Oregon, the founder of The Justice Conference, and the president of Kilns College.

In having personally served in numerous countries in justice projects and finished my MA with a project on human trafficking, I have read dozens of books on the subject of justice, and Pursing Justice is by far the most comprehensive book I have read. Pursuing Justice is compel
Stephanie Ziegler
Mar 03, 2013 Stephanie Ziegler rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
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I GIVE THIS BOOK: 2 out of 5 stars

First I want you to know that I did not complete this book. I read the first few chapters and then put it down. This author uses theology and philosophy to talk about justice and its relationship with God, using every subject. I absolutely detest philosophy, especially when I cannot ask questions or be a part of the conversation. So my review of this book is based on my emotions about how the subject presented.

With that being said. I did not like this book. It a
Bruce Baker
Challenging and rewarding! This book develops biblical justice in an understandable and life changing way. I will read this again!
Don Weidinger
eat tulip bulbs and potato skins, courage to love one another, religious bad men are worse per CSLewis, what we do is what we believe, save American church from American culture, consumerism, Congo tragedy for electronics, no hand-out a hand-up, go fast alone and go farther together, change humanity and change self, no justice without forgiveness, what is wrong with world is me per Chesterton, current slavery is 20M vs 15M in civil war era, passion and suffering married, need for big God stories ...more
I could have done with the illustrations and some of the in-between-chapters poetry and such (I think most of it's a bit cheesy), but otherwise I loved this book. Wytsma writes clearly and backs up what he says with Scripture. When I finished reading, I was all fired up to do my part to make the world (or at least my community) a better place.
Andy Mitchell
Prepare to be challenged to live beyond the "Silver Rule" of do no harm.

If you're a Christian committed to living out the Golden Rule--do for others what you want them to do for you--you will find this book meaningful.

A few earlier chapters are a bit slow, but the book builds to a powerful conclusion and is worth your time.

Beyond words, I felt like crying multiple times throughout the book and my perspective on the world and justice has been changed for the better. After reading this I feel as if my eyes have been opened and I can continue the pursuit of justice.
Megan Benjamin
I loved the whole message of this book. Pursing justice in a culture that doesn't value justice is difficult to do. As Christians we are called to be different. I am happy that gods truth is revealed in this book.
Joyful Reader
Due to the "talking over your head" style of writing and dragging out his message just to fill pages I give this 3 stars. The content is very worthy to take into our spirits but it could have been condensed.
Lindy Jacobs
Ken Wytsma's Pursuing Justice will challenge both church and the individual to take a fresh look at what justice for others has to do with our responsibility and relationship to God.
Natalie Bullis
This book gave me a bigger picture of what it means to pursue justice in relation to loving God and loving His people. Its definitely worth the read! Check it out :)
This is really a great book and I encourage everyone to not just read it but read and study what he says!
David Morman
Written by the pastor of Antioch Church in Bend where we have been attending.
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