Justice Awakening: What the Church Can Do

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:

Justice Awakening Part 1

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War or Death

Last weekend I took the opportunity to see the movie, “War Room.” It’s an independent film by Alex and Stephen Kendrick (also known as the “Kendrick Brothers”) and the same folks who did the movies, Fireproof (2008) and Courageous (2011). It’s an unapologetically Christian movie about a couple whose marriage is in trouble, and a wife who learns from a mentor the mighty power of prayer as an act of spiritual warfare.

The film surprised Hollywood by opening with $11 million in earnings, and a number two spot at the box office. With only a $3 million budget and a PG rating, this movie is sure to be another catalyst of encouraging wholesome entertainment on the big screen.

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A Desperate Need: The Way of Heart

The Way of Heart book coverThe Way of the Heart: The Spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers

Why I picked up this book:

This book was required reading for one of my leadership courses in seminary. Because of the some of the spiritual disciplines shared in it, I have revisited it several times since. During this difficult time in our country, I am reflecting on this book again.

Who Should Read The Way of the Heart:

The Way of Heart is authored by Henri Nouwen (1932-1996), a priest born and educated in the Netherlands. In this small resource, he shares about the spiritual disciplines of silence, solitude, and prayer, and how these disciplines have sustained the lives of leaders. These disciplines have proven effective for many in spite of “historical, theological, and psychological differences.” I need these now, and I offer them to my brothers and sisters who are leading, ministering, pursuing justice, and committed to the work of reconciliation.

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