Many people have become angry and frustrated with organized religion and evangelical Christianity, in particular. Too often the church has proven to be a source of pain rather than a place of hope. Forgive Us acknowledges the legitimacy of much...
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Many people have become angry and frustrated with organized religion and evangelical Christianity, in particular. Too often the church has proven to be a source of pain rather than a place of hope. Forgive Us acknowledges the legitimacy of much of the anger toward the church. In truth, Christianity in America has significant brokenness in its history that demands recognition and repentance. Only by this path can the church move forward with its message of forgiveness, reconciliation, and peace.Forgive Us is thus a call to confession. From Psalm 51 to the teachings of Jesus to the prayers of Nehemiah, confession is the proper biblical response when God's people have injured others and turned their backs on God's ways. In the book of Nehemiah, the author confesses not only his own sins, but also the sins of his ancestors. The history of the American church demands a Nehemiah-style confession both for our deeds and the deeds of those who came before us.In each chapter of Forgive Us two pastors who are also academically trained historians provide accurate and compelling histories of some of the American church's greatest shortcomings. Theologian Soong-Chan Rah and justice leader Lisa Sharon Harper then share theological reflections along with appropriate words of confession and repentance.Passionate and purposeful, Forgive Us will challenge evangelical readers and issue a heart-felt request to the surrounding culture for forgiveness and a new beginning.
Mae Elise Cannon (cand Ph.D., University of California-Davis) has been in Christian ministry for the last ten years and is currently the Executive Pastor at Hillside Covenant Church in Walnut Creek, California : www.hillsidecovenant.org. She is the author Social Justice Handbook:Small Steps for a Better World.
She formally served as the Director of Development & Transformation at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois and has served several years as a chaplain in the Resurrection Health Care System. She has her Masters of Divinity (MDiv) and Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from North Park Theological Seminary and School of Nonprofit Management in Chicago, Illinois and Master of Arts degree (MA) in Bioethics from Trinity International University.
Soong-Chan Rah (D.Min., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is Milton B. Engebretson Assistant Professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. Previously he was founding pastor of Cambridge Community Fellowship Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Rah has been a part of four different church-planting efforts, and served with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Boston. He also serves on the boards of Sojourners and the Catalyst Leadership Center. He is a frequent conference speaker and contributed to Growing Healthy Asian American Churches (InterVarsity Press) and authored The Next Evangelicalism:Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity (InterVarsity Press).
Troy Jackson is an editor of "The Papers of Martin Luther King Jr., Volume VI: Advocate of the Social Gospel, September 1948-March 1963. "After receiving his Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky, he became Senior Pastor at University Christian Church in Cincinnati, Ohio. <BR>
Lisa Harper is the former director of Women's Outreach for Focus on the Family, and was the creator and driving force behind the organization's Renewing the Heart Conferences, which ministered to more than 200,000 women between 1997 and 1999. As a result of her ministry at Renewing the Heart events, Lisa is now a sought after speaker at women's retreats, conferences and other events around the country. Lisa's books,
- Chapter 1: The Genocide Of Indigenous People In The Americas
- Chapter 2: Environmental Degradation And The Stewardship Of Creation
- Chapter 3: Racism And Xenophobia
- Chapter 4: Sexism And Oppression Of Women
- Chapter 5: Marginalization And Abuse Of The Lgbtq Community
- Chapter 6: God And Country: Nativism And Immigration
- Chapter 7: Christocentrism, Anti-semitism, And Islamophobia