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The Very Good Gospel

How Everything Wrong Can Be Made Right

by Lisa Sharon Harper

God once declared every­thing in the world very good.”
Can you imag­ine it?
 
A Vision of Hope for a Bro­ken World
 
Shalom is what God declared. Shalom is what the King­dom of God looks like. 
Shalom is when all peo­ple have enough.
It’s when fam­i­lies are healed.
It’s when church­es, schools, and pub­lic poli­cies pro­tect human dig­ni­ty. 
Shalom is when the image of God is rec­og­nized in every sin­gle human.
Shalom is our call­ing as fol­low­ers of Jesus’s gospel. It is the vision God set forth in the Gar­den and the restora­tion God desires for every rela­tion­ship.
 
 
What can we do to bring shalom to our nations, our com­mu­ni­ties, and our souls? Through a care­ful explo­ration of bib­li­cal text, par­tic­u­lar­ly the first three chap­ters of Gen­e­sis, Lisa Sharon Harp­er shows us what very good” can look like today, even after the Fall.
 
Because despite our anx­ious minds, despite divi­sion and threats of vio­lence, God’s vision remains: Whole­ness for a hurt­ing world. Peace for a fear­ful soul. Shalom.

2016

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