Book: Good News For a Fractured Society - Matthew Speaks to Divisions of Power, Wealth, Gender, and Religious Pluralism by Stephen P. McCutchancategories: Book, Transformation, Gospel, Transcending Divisions, Hope in Despair, God in Charge, Reconciliation
Stephen P. McCutchanabout this book: No one has to convince the reader that we live in an ideologically fractured world. Political leaders don't seem to know how to reach across the divide to advance what is best for the world. Christian leaders who claim Jesus Christ as Lord do not seem constrained by their Lord's commandment that we love one another so that the world will know that we are his disciples but instead engage in endless divisive debates that result in the splitting of the Christian community that was invited to be ambassadors of reconciliation. Many institutions that were created to advance the public good have become paralyzed by the ethical and moral debates in the world.
We could easily give up in despair but the Christian faith is called to live into hope. The Hebrew Scriptures tell the story of how God chose to accomplish a divine work of reconciliation through a chosen people who demonstrated the same strengths and weaknesses as most people in the world today. As the New Testament declares, God was in Christ reconciling the world to God and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. But how do Christians live out that mandate?
In Good News for a Fractured Society, McCutchan invites the reader to a careful study of the Gospel of Matthew. The author demonstrates how Matthew interpreted the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus as the midrash, or commentary on how the Hebrew Scriptures revealed how God works with both the shadow side and the bright side of our human nature to accomplish the divine purpose.
The author demonstrates how the early church also faced many of the divisive forces that tear at our current society. They, like we, lived in a world divided between the powerful and the powerless (Chapter 1), the Christian faith and other faiths (Chapter 2), male and female (Chapter 3) and the wealthy and the poor (Chapter 4). The author describes how Matthew proclaimed the good news of how God works through resistance and even betrayal to transform the world. The final chapter explores God's intention to bring about a common witness of Jews and Christians in the reconciliation of the entire world.
In the introduction, the author offers a study guide that enables the reader to share this book with friends as together they discover hope in the midst of the divisions of our world.
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