Healing for a Broken World
- Stephen Monsma
- Published: February 15, 2008
- Publisher: Crossway
- Page count: 224
Are believers ready to respond to issue such as genocide, global warming, and human trafficking according to Scripture rather than a political agenda? Healing for a Broken World calls Christians to live out their faith in politics and equips believers to make godly, humanitarian choices rather than purely political ones. The opening chapters of the book establish foundational biblical principles that are relevant to our lives as Christian citizens no matter the topic, and the remainder of the volume highlights crucial global issues and how to apply the foundational principles to them. A companion DVD and Study Guide, ideal for use in classrooms and discussion groups, are available to accompany the book. The DVD consists of ten minute introductions to each of the twelve chapters in the book, with complementary discussion questions in the
"Steve Monsma avoids the modern-day tendency to believe that the kingdom of God will arrive on Air Force One. Instead he offers a balanced perspective on how Christians should engage in the political process. His solid biblical grounding, as well as his concrete applications of Christian principles to public policy, provides wise guidance."
—Charles Colson, founder, Prison Fellowship and the Colson Center for Christian Worldview
"Urgent, compelling, readable. An important book on a crucial topic. Monsma's entire life-as a successful politician and a gifted professor of political science-has prepared him to write this clear, compelling book. Every Christian with any interest in politics should read it."
—Ronald J. Sider, Senior Distinguished Professor of Theology, Holistic Ministry, and Public Policy, Palmer Theological Seminary
"If you need to know in advance whether the author is a conservative or a liberal, you may not like Monsma's approach. He asks you to set aside such simplistic labels and ask instead what the Bible says about each of a dozen key public policy issues. And then if you disagree with some of his personal conclusions-just as he expects you to-you will appreciate his candor and honesty."
—Joel Belz, Founder, World magazine
"An important introduction to issues arising at the intersection of faith and politics, written from a disciplined Kuyperian/Calvinist theoretical stance and resulting in a nuanced centrist-evangelical perspective. This book is reader-friendly, biblical, holistic, and wise."
—David Gushee, Distinguished University Professor of Christian Ethics, Mercer University
"Monsma is one of the most important scholars writing on church-state issues today. This latest contribution is perhaps his finest work. It brings together his wide-ranging knowledge of the history of politics and jurisprudence with a theological seriousness that is often lacking in church-state scholarship."
—Francis J. Beckwith, Professor of Philosophy and Church-State Studies, Baylor University; author of Defending Life: A Moral and Legal Case Against Abortion Choice