Social Justice

A collection of social justice books and essays from Ephesiology

With increasing numbers of millennials and Gen Zs focused on their contribution to global change, a solid theological foundation for engaging some of the most important social issues of our day is much needed.

If the church preaches only divine forgiveness and does not affirm justice, she implies that God treats immorality and sin lightly.  If the church proclaims only justice, we shall all die in unforgiven sin without the Spirit’s empowerment for righteousness.  We should be equally troubled that we lag in championing justice and in fulfilling our evangelistic mandate. We should realize that the Great Commission is dwarfed and even maligned if one implies that God is blindly tolerant of social and structural evil, that he forgives sinners independently of a concern for justice. . . The local church should identify the most grievous injustices—local, regional, and national—and strive to rectify them, in concert with all who seek to right the wrong.

Interview with Carl F. H. Henry, “A Summons to Justice,” Christianity Today, 1992

Three Key Texts on Social Justice from Ephesiology

God’s Mandate for Justice: Studies in the Book of Luke

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Social Injustice, Volume I: What Evangelicals Need to Know about the World

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Social Injustice, Volume II: Evangelical Voices in Tumultuous Times

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The Use of ποιμην in Early Christian History
By Michael T. Cooper / 24 June, 2022

The Use of ποιμην in Early Christian History

Preliminary observations from ongoing research into the history and evolution of the word "pastor" Eusebius’ magisterial work entitled Ecclesiastical History, written...

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A Palestinian Reflection on Overcoming Injustice
By Ephesiology Team / 11 May, 2022

A Palestinian Reflection on Overcoming Injustice

Adapted from Grace Al-Zoughbi Arteen, "A Palestinian Reflection on Overcoming Injustice: Seeking a Christ-like Response in Matthew and Luke," in Social...

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How Can Evangelicals Address Justice?
By Ephesiology Team / 19 December, 2021

How Can Evangelicals Address Justice?

In one dark period of human history, Dietrich Bonhoeffer defined the church’s role, what he referred to as the “disciples’...

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Is critical race theory a threat?
By Michael T. Cooper / 10 June, 2021

Is critical race theory a threat?

American evangelicals are clearly divided over social justice. In one of its recent expressions, critical race theory (CRT) has garnered...

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Christianity, Critical Race Theory, and Relational Ethics
By Michael T. Cooper / 19 February, 2021

Christianity, Critical Race Theory, and Relational Ethics

Critical race theory (CRT) is finding expression in various social issues around the world. Its renown recently received an unlikely...

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Thomas Jefferson’s White America
By Michael T. Cooper / 15 February, 2021

Thomas Jefferson’s White America

If I had a minor in my doctoral work it was historical theology. I'm particularly fascinated with how history is...

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Bonhoeffer, Theology, and Social Justice
By Michael T. Cooper / 8 February, 2021

Bonhoeffer, Theology, and Social Justice

The German theologian and martyr, Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945), has captured the attention of Americans, if not also many others around...

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Hang On! It’s going to be another bumpy four years!!
By Michael T. Cooper / 22 January, 2021

Hang On! It’s going to be another bumpy four years!!

Sitting on the credenza behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office is the bust of Latino civil rights leader...

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The Peaceable Christian
By Michael T. Cooper / 18 January, 2021

The Peaceable Christian

Each year around this time, Americans are reminded of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., his life of service for civil...

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Hand washing and Politics
By Gary Fujino / 16 October, 2020

Hand washing and Politics

Jesus was often counter-cultural. He upset a lot of people because He would frequently break the status quo and do...

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