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Reconciling All Things: A Christian Vision for Justice, Peace and Healing Reconciling All Things: A Christian Vision for Justice, Peace and Healing by Emmanuel M. Katongole
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“Stepping back and connecting reconciliation to God’s story also helps us move away from dramatic visions of fixing the world, as if our job were to provide solutions to problems outside us. If Christians believe anything, it is that no one—including ourselves and the church—is separate from the brokenness as an untainted solution to the problems of our world. The new creation contends with the old. The dividing line between good and evil runs straight through each one of us. So the journey of reconciliation begins with a transformation of the human person.”
Chris Rice, Reconciling All Things: A Christian Vision for Justice, Peace and Healing
“God’s gift of a call to be Christ’s ambassadors of reconciliation intends to unseat other lords—power, nationalism, race or ethnic loyalty as an end in itself—and give birth to deeper allegiances, stories, spaces and communities that are a “demonstration plot” of the reality of God’s new creation in Christ. Put simply, reconciliation both names the church as and requires the church to be the sign and agent of God’s reconciliation.”
Emmanuel Katongole, Reconciling All Things: A Christian Vision for Justice, Peace and Healing
“there is a widespread notion in some of the most energetic contemporary Christian movements that the biblical call to reconciliation is solely about reconciling God and humanity, with no reference to social realities. In this view, preaching, teaching, church life and mission are only about a personal relationship between people and God. Christian energy is focused on winning converts, planting and growing churches, and evangelistic efforts. We have heard pastors say, “We appreciate the work you’re doing, but as the leader of my church I’m called to stay focused on the gospel and not get distracted by other ministries.” For them, Christianity is exclusively about personal piety and morals.”
Chris Rice, Reconciling All Things: A Christian Vision for Justice, Peace and Healing
“even in a deeply divided world, even in the most deeply divided relationship, the way things are is not the way things have to be.”
Emmanuel M. Katongole, Reconciling All Things: A Christian Vision for Justice, Peace and Healing
“What we need is not simply better gear and techniques but a story that helps us remember another world is possible. The good news is that God’s story offers us just that. In the midst of our world’s deep brokenness, God’s kingdom breaks in to create new possibilities.”
Emmanuel M. Katongole, Reconciling All Things: A Christian Vision for Justice, Peace and Healing