Justice in the Burbs is a book by Will and Lisa Samson about living justly and loving people while living in suburbia. It’s a great little inside look into what life could look like, if one developed a passion for people in their neighborhood and in the urban centers. Plus, it’s written partly as a story of a family who undergoes a transformation into agents of God’s justice – much more than church participants. It’s a great book if this is something you’ve ever thought about, but never knew where to start.
Here’s some take-aways:
- p.36, “So what’s a church for? Really for?”
- p.46, “Yet as we mature, we must begin to see the Bible for what it is – the story of God’s faithfulness to a flawed, rough, often cruel people. Sadly, we don’t often teach that to adults.”
- p.75, quoting Dr. Michael Pasquarello, “The distinctively American character of Finney’s popular, pragmatic program can be seen in his insistence that preaching must always be practical; that whatever cannot be made immediately useful is not preaching the gospel.”
- p.80, the meditation by Claudia Burney is simply stellar. I can’t type it all here, but it is stellar.
- p.107, “According to one recent study, there is a significant relationship between being Christian in America and being overweight.”
- p.93, “John Wesley…preached sermons and expressed very public statements against employers who paid their workers in moonshine. Today many who attend churches in the tradition of Wesley – United Methodist, Wesleyan, Free Methodist [and my denomination!] – tend to be teetotalers. this practice can be traced directly back to Wesley’s campaign.”