Clear the way in us, your people

Hanto Yo (Hanto Yo means “clear the way” in the Lakota language of the North American Plains.) God of surprises, you call us from the narrowness of our traditions to new ways of being church, from the captivities of our culture to creative witness for justice, from the smallness of our horizons to the bigness ofContinue reading “Clear the way in us, your people”

Do we think too oppositionally about Retributive Justice and Restorative Justice?

Should we assume that retribution and restoration are opposed concepts? Commonly they are defined thus: retributive justice is a system of criminal justice based on the punishment of offenders rather than on rehabilitation; restorative justice is a system of criminal justice which focuses on the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with victims and the community at large. JonathanContinue reading “Do we think too oppositionally about Retributive Justice and Restorative Justice?”

Justice in Public and Private

In “Divine Justice as Restorative Justice“, Christ Marshall sums up what is a major concern of mine in terms of Christian public witness: “Christians today often suppose that ecclesial ethics—how believers are to treat one another within the community of faith—have no pertinence to the ethical standards and legal practices that apply in mainstream society. ChurchContinue reading “Justice in Public and Private”

Glenn Beck and Social Justice

Glenn Beck, an American radio and television host that I’d never heard of till this week, has set off a firestorm of web commentary after denouncing social justice as a ‘perversion of the gospel’. Well, what do I say to that? I’m lost for words. But others aren’t: Jim Wallis: An Open Letter To GlennContinue reading “Glenn Beck and Social Justice”

Justice is what love looks like in public

Have any of you seen the movie Call and Response yet? If not, I highly recommend it, having just watched it earlier this evening. Call and Response is a “rockumentary” highlighting the prevalent but often ignored problems of human trafficking and slavery. If you think it doesn’t effect you, look deep before you get dressed and have your nextContinue reading “Justice is what love looks like in public”

Is justice our only concern in Christian ethics?

It seems to me that, given mercy was so prominent in the teaching of Jesus, we have to say either justice is not the only important consideration in Christian ethics or ethics is not the only important consideration governing Christian action. Or to put this another way, restorative justice trumps retributive justice in any formContinue reading “Is justice our only concern in Christian ethics?”

Social Justice – Isaiah 1:10-26

Dr. Peter T. Cha, Trinity Professor, former pastor and Intervarsity staff worker at the University of Chicago here speaks on the social justice implications of Isaiah 1:10-26. Social Justice – part 1 of 4 Social Justice – part 2 of 4 Social Justice – part 3 of 4 Social Justice – part 4 of 4Continue reading “Social Justice – Isaiah 1:10-26”