March 06, 2010

From the SNN Library 3/6/10-Good News and Good Works: A Theology for the Whole Gospel

You don't gain entrance to heaven by your works.  If you are truly filled with the Holy Spirit, however, you should be lead to help others; after all, Jesus commanded us to do that.  This book does a good job in pointing to where churches have fallen down in that area and how they should refocus. rankings: 6 of 6 users gave it at least 4 out of 5 stars
SNN ranking: 4 stars

"I long for the day when every village, town, and city has congregations so in love with Jesus that they lead scores of people to him and so sensitive to the cry of the poor and oppressed that they work vigorously for justice, peace, and freedom," writes Ronald Sider. In Good News and Good Works, this best-selling author of Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger encourages readers to do evangelism hand-in-hand with social action in order to proclaim a holistic gospel.

Sider begins by analyzing various kingdom mission models espoused by Christians. He explains the dangers of churches following a one-sided model, then goes on to show how to combine evangelism and social concerns in a balanced fashion. This book was previously published by Zondervan as One-Sided Christianity?
A brilliant and challenging book that implores churches to seek balance in ministry. -- Ministry Currents

Few people have done more to promote a biblical balance between evangelism and social concern than Ron Sider. He is a man of absolute integrity who practices what he preaches. -- David M. Howard, David C. Cook Foundation

For the churchs sake, wed better listen. -- Joan B. Campbell, National Council of Churches

Ive admired Ron Sider and the work that he has done in the past, and I'm very excited about Good News and Good Works. -- John Wimber, author, pastor of Vineyard Christian Fellowship

Ron Sider has given us a prophetic call to pursue evangelism in a style consistent with our larger understanding of Jesus. -- Myron S. Augsburger, President Christian College Coalition

Sider gives Christians solid biblical and theological reasons for both evangelism and social engagement -- Southwestern Journal of Theology

Summarizes the commitment to evangelical truth and the passion for evangelical practice that has been characteristic of Ron Siders ministry. -- Samuel Escobar, professor of missiology, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary

There is really no other book that so effectively tackles this issue head-on, written by a seasoned, impassioned, scholar activist of impeccable integrity. -- Ralph Winter, U.S. Center for World Mission
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