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Called to Care: Biblical Images for Social Ministry

Called to Care

Biblical Images for Social Ministry

Robert Kysar (Author)


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Treating the whole of Scripture, Robert Kysar forges the connections between the practice of social ministry and the biblical images undergirding and motivating that ministry. Social ministry is more than charity: It wrestles with the very structures and systems that deprive and oppress. This book examines not only the usual "justice" texts but also those that seem to counter this position and shows how the Bible addresses practical,contemporary concerns and fears.
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • ISBN 9780800624705
  • Format Paperback
  • Dimensions 8.5 x 5.5
  • Pages 176
  • Publication Date May 13, 1991


"Christians involvement in society is not a matter of secondary importance but integral to the life of faith. Robert Kysar makes this case on solid biblical foundations. God's passion for the world, especially where it is most in need of healing, is realized through a compassionate people, God's chosen instruments of love and justice. Kysar views the congregation as an alternative community that, informed by its biblical tradition, can and should be an effective force for social ministry and for changing the consciousness of the nation. I heartily recommend this book for seminary and parish instruction."
– Loren Halvorson, Professor of Church and Society, Luther Seminary