By S. Roy Kaufman,L. Shannon Jung
Rural groups and conventional cultures all through North the US and world wide are being systematically dismantled through the forces of city civilization. it really is no new phenomenon. For over 4 millennia, the powers of city civilization were enjoying God, oppressing humans, and exploiting the earth. This lengthy heritage has introduced us to the edge of catastrophe within the present financial, ecological, and effort crises confronting the dominant worldwide culture.
This booklet reads the Bible in the course of the lenses of rural groups. The Bible has whatever to claim concerning the foundation and personality of city civilization and the dynamic of its dating to rural groups. either Israel within the outdated testomony and Jesus within the New testomony have been engaged within the formation of rural groups of religion dwelling as choices to the dominant cultures of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, in addition to 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 tremendous contribution to our activity of taking good care of construction. S. Roy Kaufman writes out of a particular 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 supplies way more along with his life-affirming imaginative and prescient of shalom in accordance with a cautious interrogation of either Testaments.”
—Ted Grimsrud, writer of Instead of Atonement
“A attractive 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 realm 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 understand the significance of faithfully subversive face-to-face groups as God’s selected brokers of undertaking within the world.”
—David Boshart, government convention Minster, crucial Plains Mennonite Conference
“Out of the midst of our international, technocratic, and urbanizing civilization, S. Roy Kaufman concerns a clarion name to neighborhood, incarnational, substitute 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 a necessary textual content for individuals of Christian religion and for every person all over 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 a long time as a pastor of Mennonite Church united states and Canada, S. Roy Kaufman individually witnessed the dismantling and disintegration of rural groups and church buildings. This publication is a distillation of 40 years of residing, preaching, and instructing with those rural congregations. Kaufman lives in his domestic group, Freeman, South Dakota.