By S. Roy Kaufman,L. Shannon Jung
Rural groups and standard cultures all through North the US and all over the world are being systematically dismantled by way of the forces of city civilization. it truly is no new phenomenon. For over 4 millennia, the powers of city civilization were taking part in God, oppressing humans, and exploiting the earth. This lengthy historical past has introduced us to the threshold of catastrophe within the present monetary, ecological, and effort crises confronting the dominant international culture.
This e-book reads the Bible throughout the lenses of rural groups. The Bible has anything to assert concerning the starting place and personality of city civilization and the dynamic of its dating to rural groups. either Israel within the previous testomony and Jesus within the New testomony have been engaged within the formation of rural groups of religion dwelling as possible choices to the dominant cultures of the city civilizations within which they lived.
It seems that neighborhood, face-to-face groups, either rural and concrete, besides conventional cultures of all stripes, are God’s selected tools for the subversive, nonviolent disarming of city civilization and the therapeutic of God’s earth.
“Healing God’s Earth makes a huge contribution to our job of taking care of construction. S. Roy Kaufman writes out of a selected Christian culture (Mennonite), vocation (pastor), and social context (farming group) and in doing so articulates an utilized biblical theology that speaks to all Christians. even though Kaufman’s critique of ‘civilization’ is sharp, he provides way more along with his life-affirming imaginative and prescient of shalom in response to a cautious interrogation of either Testaments.”
—Ted Grimsrud, writer of Instead of Atonement
“A appealing capstone at the occupation of a loyal rural pastor, Healing God’s Earth retells the biblical narrative championing the agricultural fight for trustworthy witness to God’s desire for the area opposed to the backdrop of city dominion. As a corrective to fixations on city ministry, Kaufman ignites an important dialog that is helping rural and concrete dwellers alike to know the significance of faithfully subversive face-to-face groups as God’s selected brokers of project within the world.”
—David Boshart, govt convention Minster, vital Plains Mennonite Conference
“Out of the midst of our worldwide, technocratic, and urbanizing civilization, S. Roy Kaufman matters a clarion name to neighborhood, incarnational, replacement group. Healing God’s Earth is an insightful and incisive paintings of prophetic and pastoral biblical theology rooted within the Anabaptist Mennonite narrative. it's also an important textual content for individuals of Christian religion and for everybody in all places as production waits with keen longing to be let out from its bondage to degradation.”
—Matthew Yoder, Pastor, Menno Mennonite Church
Growing up in a rural group, and serving 4 rural congregations in Iowa, Illinois, Saskatchewan, and South Dakota over approximately 4 many years as a pastor of Mennonite Church united states and Canada, S. Roy Kaufman for my part witnessed the dismantling and disintegration of rural groups and church buildings. This e-book is a distillation of 40 years of residing, preaching, and educating with those rural congregations. Kaufman lives in his domestic group, Freeman, South Dakota.