Kingdom and Country: Following Jesus in the Land That You Love

NavPress. Sept. 2022. 208p. ed. by Angie Ward. ISBN 9781641584135. pap. $16.99. REL
Edited by Ward (a contributor to Christianity Today and a director of Denver Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry program), this volume examines the relationship between religion and state. Ward has gathered 10 leading Christian thinkers (teachers, pastors, practitioners) with ideas for how people can balance their relationship with Jesus and remain engaged as U.S. citizens or residents. Each contributor approached the topic from a different viewpoint; their analyses consider the following concepts: how people can discuss these highly emotional topics; how myths inform views and impact the decision-making process; a review of the ancient Israelites and how they understood their world in the context of living under God’s rule; and an understanding of what it means to be a child of God and a citizen in the world.
VERDICT The conversation of how to navigate the tension of what it means to be Christian and to live in the world is not new. However, this thought-provoking volume asks readers to reconsider their assumptions and offers fresh challenges in this discussion. Best for religious, church, and community organizations.
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