Ministries of Mercy: The Call of the Jericho Road

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P&R Pub., 1997 - Religion - 236 pages
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Some lay blame for poverty and need on oppression; others on laziness. Pastor Keller demonstrates that the biblical viewpoint is far more sophisticated than either extreme. He sets forth scriptural principles for mercy ministries, suggests practical steps to begin and persevere in active caring, and deals perceptively with thorny issues. Balanced and informative! Includes discussion questions.

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Fairly okay book. Somewhat bland Christianity-self help. Its nothing you haven't heard before if you've read anything Christian or ever heard a sermon. Tim Keller does a good job of dissecting the parable of the good samaritan but even some of the things he gleaned from the story are questionable. If you're bored and can't find anything else to read, its worth it. There are too many good books out there to read this one. The biggest principle I gained was the fact that too many times we live our lives in a way so that we never even end up on the Jericho road. If we're never on the road we're never in view of a need. If we never see the need we can't be held responsible right? Ignorance is bliss after all. 

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About the author (1997)

Timothy J. Keller was born in 1950. He received a B.A. from Bucknell University in 1972, a M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 1975, and a D.Min. from Westminster Theological Seminary in 1981. He was ordained by the Presbyterian Church in America and served as a pastor in Virginia for nine years. He is founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, New York. He has written several books including Grace Changes Everything, Generous Justice: How God's Grace Makes Us Just, and The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism, which won awards from World Magazine and Christianity Today. His title, Preaching: Communicating Faith in a Skeptical Age, made the New York Times Best Seller List in 2015. Hidden Christmas: The Surprising Truth Behind the Birth of Christ was published in October 2016.

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