“No Jesus, No Justice” by Andy Crouch

Yesterday, Dr. Paul Louis Metzger explored the topic of God and Justice by asking us, “What’s the Big Deal about Justice?” Today, Andy Crouch, executive editor at Christianity Today has his own questions for us to consider:

Here are two simple questions.

Can we have Jesus without justice?

And can we have justice without Jesus?

Andy CrouchThe answer to the first question is straightforward enough. If you define “justice” as “bringing good news to the poor, proclaiming release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, letting the oppressed go free, and proclaiming the year of the Lord’s favor,” then Jesus himself makes justice central to his ministry in his “inaugural address” in Luke 4. These sweeping promises from Isaiah are fulfilled in the person of Jesus himself: “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing” (Luke 4:22).

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Natasha’s Study: “Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power” Book Review

Playing God book coverIn his new book, Playing God, Andy Crouch explores the topic of power which we daily exercise, and sometimes abuse. He begins the book by stating the idea that power is a gift meant to be used by God’s image bearers for the purpose of the creating and flourishing. Power is from God and enables humans to live out the cultural mandate to be fruitful and multiply.

Let me begin by saying: This is not an easy book to read. It is not meant to be read, but rather to be studied. Therefore, I believe the best experience with this book will be through careful contemplation with God, review of the Bible passages that the author shares throughout the book, and in a safe, diverse community of Jesus-lovers who are not afraid to ask hard questions and are humble enough to admit what they don’t know and can’t see. Every contemplating Christian and leader with a heart for biblical justice and evangelism should read this book.

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Lean In: When Black Women in the Workplace Talk

Lean In Book CoverI recently interviewed Dr. Ancella Livers, author and Senior Design Faculty of the global Center of Creative Leadership in Greensboro, NC concerning Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In, and whether or not it applies to the experience of black women in the workplace.

When Facebook’s No. 2 executive and billionaire, Sheryl Sandberg, released her book entitled, “Lean In: Women, Work, and The Will to Lead,” earlier this year, it was sure to become a success. The back cover reveals an endorsement by Oprah, who labeled the book, “The new manifesto for women in the workplace,” followed by the raving reviews of The New York Times, The New Yorker, Fortune, Forbes, The Atlantic, and Entertainment Weekly. It’s no secret; everyone wants to hear what Sandberg has to say on the topic of women and leadership.

For experienced professional women in the workplace, Sandberg is actually not saying anything new. On the other hand, she is a woman who has been privileged to have education, access, opportunity, mentorship, sponsors, and coaches, all of which increased her likelihood of success in the workplace. When people look at Sandberg, they a see a white woman and it is important to recognize that her experiences are not typical of the average woman who works. From her privileged experiences, she paints a broad stroke in her assessments without fully acknowledging all of power dynamics at play, particularly when considering the experiences of women of color.

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