In this post I’ll explain the objective of the Building Bridges blog, and introduce a series of posts that will appear over the next several months.
Why should you read the Building Bridges blog? First and foremost, the blog is about relationships, after all relationships always involve building, strengthening and sustaining a bridge. The most profound example being the Incarnation; God coming in the form of a man and joining himself to humanity through the person of Jesus. As the church, the Body of Christ in the world, we are called to build loving relationships that draw all humanity into one family in Christ. The Church takes up this mission in new and different ways in each generation and in different settings and cultures.
To better help each of us understand our call as a faith community, and as individuals, and how best to respond to that call, I’ll use the blog as a means of introducing ideas and approaches for building bridges that may be new to you. Content will include educational material, personal testimonies from those who are already engaged in bridge building, and the outcomes of initiatives that are succeeding, and in some cases, initiatives that have failed. Failures, while not a cause for celebration, are almost always helpful in providing insight into how to begin again.
About a year ago I read a book by Timothy Keller titled, Generous Justice – How God’s Grace Makes Us Just. Timothy Keller is respected author and the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, which he started in 1989 with his wife, Kathy, and three young sons. That church grew into a diverse congregation of young professionals with a weekly attendance of over 5,000. Christianity Todayhas said of Tim Keller, “Fifty years from now, if evangelical Christians are widely known for their love of cities, their commitment to mercy and justice, and their love of their neighbors, Tim Keller will be remembered as a pioneer of the new urban Christians.” In Generous Justice Keller provides a detailed and thought-provoking analysis of what the Old and New Testaments say about God’s concern for justice on behalf of the vulnerable and powerless in society. Reading and meditating on Generous Justicefundamentally changed my understanding of the importance of justice to God, and in turn how we as followers of Christ should reflect God’s heart in this regard.
I will attempt to summarize material from the book in future posts, but I strongly encourage you to read the book for yourself. Regardless of your religious background and experience, I promise that you will be stirred and challenged by Keller’s thorough Biblical exposition of the importance of justice to God.
Lastly, I'd love to hear your personal stories of how loving your neighor has had a transforming impact on your life. Your story can touch others in unanticiapted ways. Let me hear from you!
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