Magazine article International Bulletin of Mission Research

Formation for Life, Just Peacemaking, and Twenty-First-Century Discipleship

Magazine article International Bulletin of Mission Research

Formation for Life, Just Peacemaking, and Twenty-First-Century Discipleship

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Formation for Life, Just Peacemaking, and Twenty-First-Century Discipleship.

Edited by Glen H. Stassen, Rodney L. Petersen, and Timothy A. Norton. Eugene, Ore.: Pickwick Publications, 2013. Pp. xx, 315. Paperback $37.

Twenty-two writers contribute to this volume of nineteen essays. Each chapter develops a different theme related to just peacemaking. The essays, with several additions, were contributions at a conference cosponsored by Fuller Theological Seminary's Just Peacemaking Institute and the Lord's Day Alliance.

In his fine foreword Richard Mouw sets the tone, viewing the fourth and sixth of the Ten Commandments--Sabbath worship and not killing--as foundational. He suggests that every week as believers gather for worship, they would do well to view their meeting as a renewal of commitment to the Decalogue--that is, as worship centered in the holiness of God with a commitment to justice.

The book is presented in two parts. The first section is energized by accounts of just peacemaking. The second section is a description of the practice of a new paradigm for peacemaking. Stassen introduces that section by presenting ten practices for just peacemaking that are mostly derived from the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. …

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