Godin: “the new laziness has nothing to do with physical labor and everything to do with fear.” Read the whole thing.
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Tim Keller’s new book, Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just, is now available. Here’s the summary:
It is commonly thought in secular society that the Bible is one of the greatest hindrances to doing justice. Isn’t it full of regressive views? Didn’t it condone slavery? Why would we look to the Bible for guidance on how to have a more just society?
But Timothy Keller, pastor of New York City’s Redeemer Presbyterian Church, challenges these preconceived beliefs and presents the Bible as a fundamental source for promoting justice and compassion for those in need. In Generous Justice, he explores a life of justice empowered by an experience of grace: a generous, gracious justice. This book offers readers a new understanding of modern justice and human rights that will resonate with both the faithful and the skeptical.
Read this book and do what it says:
This book has influenced our thinking on website design and structure at Desiring God more than anything else we have come across.
International Justice Mission is a human rights agency that secures justice for victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. IJM lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local officials to ensure immediate victim rescue and aftercare, to prosecute perpetrators and to ensure that public justice systems – police, courts and laws – effectively protect the poor from violence.
The IJM iPhone app empowers users to stand against oppression by giving them tools to engage in the fight for justice. Users can stay connected directly to IJM staff and projects around the world – while helping to drive the movement in their own networks and communities.
+ Get breaking updates on IJM casework, including the latest IJM-related headlines and breaking news on rescues, arrests, convictions and more
+ Write encouraging notes to IJM’s frontline staff
+ Get equipped to take action with urgent advocacy opportunities
+ Learn about simple steps you can take to fuel the movement, and easy ways to generate buzz by posting to your social networks right from inside the application
+ Organize your church, Bible study, or Campus group into a giving team around an IJM project
+ Interact with a map of IJM’s progress in eradicating slavery and oppression
+ Find events in your area and connect with other users who attend the event
+ Read great culture changing blog content from Gary Haugen, and others
Good thoughts from the Brazen Careerist blog.
If you have thought before that you’d rather not just receive more stuff each year for Christmas, a good alternative is to ask for Kiva gift cards. Here are two benefits.
First, it’s a gift that enables you to help others.
Second, it’s fun. Figuring out the best way to invest $50 or $100 or more in some thoughtful entrepreneurs in the developing world is more fun than getting a new sweatshirt.
Nothing against giving sweatshirts and other such things. There’s a place for that, too. But it would be exciting and even more fulfilling to make “gifts that enable you to give” a larger part of our Christmas giving and receiving.
Seth Godin on why we should organize for joy rather than efficiency.
Malcolm Gladwell’s article How David Beats Goliath is one of the 100 most interesting things I have ever read.
I’m in South Africa for the next few weeks for the Lausanne Congress.
For this week, I’m with John Piper and some others from DG as he speaks at a couple pastors conferences.
Then, beginning Sunday, I’ll be in Cape Town for the actual Congress. It’s a gathering of more than 4,000 Christians from more than 200 nations to discuss the state of global Christianity and world evangelization. The first congress was called by Billy Graham in 1974 and was a major landmark in the progress of modern missions. The second congress was in 1989, and this I now the third. You can learn more about it from the Lausanne website and the helpful article in Christianity Today, The Most Diverse Gathering Ever.
While I’m here I’ll post some updates from the congress and possibly some various insights on issues of missions strategy, Christianity and culture, solving large global problems, and just being in Africa.