Even if Christians understand the biblical call to advocate for justice, many of us do not participate in public policy advocacy, because the way the world advocates gives us spiritual indigestion. The assumptions are secular: power is seen as limited to law, force, money, and numbers. People are seen as fundamentally motivated by self-interest. Confrontation … Read More
“Until all of us come… to maturity, to the measure of the full stature of Christ.” -Ephesians 4:13 To attain the maturity of Christ, we have to go to “whole gospel discipleship.” How do we practice “whole gospel discipleship?” In Matthew 9:35-36, Jesus looked at the crowds and had compassion on them. The word “compassion” … Read More
Christ’s incarnational birth for the sake of humanity is God’s greatest gift to the world. What an incredible wonder that the God of the universe “so loved the world” that He chose to send Jesus (John 3:16). Savior and Redeemer. Advocate and Counselor. Beloved Son. Anointed One. Lamb of God.
Christ came into the world so that all of creation might once again be reconciled to God. A broken world, through Christ, is once again made right. Jesus came so that the people of God might have “knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins” (Luke 1:77). Death to life. Darkness to light.
The kingdom of God — with justice and shalom — is a picture of the way God intended the world to be.
We believe in prayer. When we love someone who is sick, most of us pray for that person frequently if not continually. We trust that God will respond to our prayers. However, our response to Paul’s injunction to Timothy (1 Timothy 2:1-4) to “pray for our leaders” does not often inspire the same level of passion and fervency. Why? Perhaps some of us have difficulty believing…
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. -Martin Luther King, Jr. In January, as we commemorate the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr., we begin a new series on biblical justice and advocacy – to help us stay grounded in why we do what we do as advocates. You can look forward … Read More
On Saturday, October 19th, from 9:00 am-3:00 pm, our Beyond 5 team will be in Kentwood, Michigan for an advocacy training. If you have a heart for people living in poverty but haven’t always been sure what you can do, join us for a day of biblical teaching, discussion, and practical training in advocacy. You … Read More
Today, nearly 19,000 children under the age of 5 will die—mostly of preventable causes. As a statistic, it’s mindboggling. As a mother, I can’t even get my mind around so much grief. When my daughter was 10 weeks old, she contracted an infection which almost killed her. We had good quality health insurance; the doctors … Read More
When a child is sick, parents will go to great lengths to ensure their son or daughter recovers. The Gospels share several stories of parents who asked Jesus to heal their children, including a royal official — a man who likely spent his days giving orders — who begged Jesus to heal his son (see … Read More
By Rev. Adam Taylor Discover the roots of biblical social justice and how this motivates us, as Christians, to fight injustice. “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves … defend the rights of the poor and needy.”—Proverbs 31:8-9 (NIV). What Does “Social Justice” Really Mean? Social justice is a catch-all term that has … Read More
By Cat-Dan Lai-Smith Recently, I saw the latest film adaptation of Les Misérables. Though I know the story well from Victor Hugo’s novel and have seen the live musical stage performance, something about this latest version especially moved me to tears. It started during that pivotal scene when a bishop’s simple act of mercy and … Read More