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The Very Good Gospel
The Very Good Gospel

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Author: Lisa Sharon Harper

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"Shalom" is what God declared. "Shalom" is what the Kingdom of God looks like.
"Shalom "is when all people have enough.
It s when families are healed.
It s when churches, schools, and public policies protect human dignity.
"Shalom" is when the image of God is recognized in every single human.
"Shalom "is our calling as followers of Jesus s gospel. It is the vision God set forth in the Garden and the restoration God desires for every relationship.

What can we do to bring "shalom "to our nations, our communities, and our souls? Through a careful exploration of biblical text, particularly the first three chapters of Genesis, Lisa Sharon Harper shows us what very good can look like today, even after the Fall.
Because despite our anxious minds, despite division and threats of violence, God s vision remains: Wholeness for a hurting world. Peace for a fearful soul. "Shalom."

For many decades, both mainline Christianity and the evangelical church have been captive to competing, shallow, and thin understandings of what the good news of the gospel really is. In "The Very Good Gospel," Lisa Sharon Harper masterfully presents the case that the very good news God brings to us is about the restoration of shalom that is to say peace, well-being, wholeness, and abundance which conquers the false dichotomy between social justice and personal salvation. Lisa shows us that God s creation is emphatically, even forcefully, good, and it is the duty of every human being to responsibly steward God s creation. Lisa s clear, evocative prose blends scholarly theological insights with moving life experiences to show the clear applications of the gospel to our cross-gender relationships, our struggle against racism, how we care for the environment, our relationships with ourselves, and much more.

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