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What is the Word of the Lord for a world of injustice? What does it mean to hear the cries of the oppressed? What does liturgy have to do with justice? These questions have been at the heart of Nicholas Wolterstorff’s work for over forty years. In this collection of essays, he brings together personal, historical, theological, and contemporary perspectives to issue a passi ...more
Paperback, 480 pages
Published January 10th 2011 by Eerdmans (first published October 15th 2010)
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Jim Belcher
Jun 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
simply feasting on this book of essays by Nick Wolterstorff. I can't recommend this book enough.
Ian Caveny
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Nicholas Wolterstorff writes with joie de vivre and full of life as he engages in the complex network that is liturgical practice and just engagement. The result is a lovely navigation through the Scriptures, the writings of John Calvin, and plenty of reflections from the Dutch Reformed tradition.

All of Wolterstorff's Kuyperian values manifest in this well-organized collection of essays with utmost grace and style, revealing the heart of a philosopher who has dedicated his life's work to conside
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Danielle
Jan 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
A clear argument for Christians to view justice as part of liturgy that moves from a theoretical discussion to real contextual applications which challenges readers to think about their response (or lack thereof).

Doesn't hurt that Wolterstoff shifts easily from a theoretical discussion to effusive descriptions of what he clearly is passionate or concerned about.
Angie
Jun 05, 2018 rated it liked it
"The Bible is a book about justice" - insightful perspectives and a moving personal account of the author's own journey to open our hearts to his message.
Jon
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: theology
Anthologies of essays are hard to rate, because oftentimes some are utterly forgettable, while others are unbelievably powerful. Given that the two dozen or so essays in this book cover fifty years of Wolterstorff's career, that is absolutely the case here. I found, however, that Wolterstorff has some incredible insights that are well worth contemplating. He speaks eloquently about the role of justice within the framework of faith, but not your politician's justice—a deeper, more life-giving jus ...more
Jeremy
This collection of essays dealing with topics of justice, liturgy, the church, and the world combines political philosophy, theology, personal reflection & testimony. Meditative, challenging, beautiful. Wolterstorff ably pulls together all the themes he addresses into the integrated whole of the Christian's call to pursue shalom. Or, rather, he shows us the integrated nature of shalom that always was there. I appreciate that the collection contains pieces that are intellectually rigorous and hea ...more
Tim Hoiland
May 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faith, essay, justice
These days I’m slowly reading through a hefty collection of essays by Yale philosophy professor Nicholas Wolterstorff (more from him here, here, and here), published under the title, Hearing the Call: Liturgy, Justice, Church, and World (Eerdmans).

If you follow me on Twitter you’ve no doubt seen some scattered quotes I’ve shared. Here’s one that requires more than 140 characters, and more than a mere passing glance. In it he discusses the relationship between liturgy and justice, and how the two
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Zack
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Though perhaps I am not as "progressive" as Wolterstorff, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Furthermore, I was challenged by his critique of the American Church. There were moments when I felt like Wolterstorff had put into words ideas that have been germinating in my mind for some time. There were other moments that I heartily disagreed (or at least took umbrage) with his exegesis of Scripture. Throughout, I was glad that I found this book among the millions at my university library, and put it o ...more
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