Some Neglected Aspects of Our Calling
Why I picked up this book:
Since I am a blogger that regularly writes book reviews, I received this book from Intervarsity Press.
Who Should Read The Radical Disciple:
I recommend this book for any believer who cares about practically living out his or her Christian faith. It will also be enriching and beneficial for church leaders, and those who are intentional about holistic discipleship. It’s a thoughtful, yet short and quick read.
What’s in Store for You:
This is my first time reading a book written by John Stott, someone who Christianity Today Leadership Journal calls “one of the giants of evangelical Christianity in the last century.” I found his writing clear and easy flowing, grounded in biblical text and affirmed through many years of faithfully serving our God and king. Stott is no longer with us on earth but his words remain to lead, guide, and encourage still.
Stott correctly understands discipleship as a call and obedience to follow Christ, and not simply a profession of Christian faith. He unapologetically calls readers to submit to the authority of Christ, and to consider eight areas where we tend to neglect or forget our Christian calling.
So far in this Justice Awakening: How You and Your Church Can Help End Human Trafficking series, we have talked about being awakened to justice, exposing the darkness, and answering the question, “Why the Church Must Lead?” Today, we close the blog conversation by considering what the church can do about injustice.
I love that this book offers simple, yet practical action steps for addressing this issue in your local community. For those interested in taking a stand against human trafficking, author Eddie Byun recommends the following key areas of focus:
I just received copy edits back for my upcoming book (which I can’t wait to share with you)! When edits come back from the publisher, all other writing must cease so I didn’t get to post on the blog this week. In addition to editing, I am also preparing for a local human trafficking education and awareness event next week. So my thoughts are in the Word of God regarding his heart for justice and why he compels us, the church and body of Christ, to act.
I want to continue this month’s Justice Awakening conversation about being awakened justice, exposing the darkness, and now the church’s responsibility regarding the pursuit of justice. I’ve heard the arguments from Christians who are still nervous about the “justice” conversation in the church. Words of fear go from one extreme of attacking the social gospel or opposing liberation theology for some, to the other extreme of prioritizing and not losing sight of the church’s mission to evangelize or support global missions. Most of those arguments come from a limited view of the gospel, a limited view of the work of the church, and really a limited view of Christ. We don’t serve a god of limitations who can do either this or that. We serve the God who cares about both the salvation of people’s souls and whether or not they are hungry at night. He cares about both those who are poor in spirit and those who are financially poor.