I hope many will be able to use Healing Our Broken Humanity in your study groups, Bible studies or for your individual readings.
Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Graham Hill challenge churches to embrace nine practices of active faith.
by Keith ReynoldsJanuary 23, 2019
Practices for Revitalizing the Church and Renewing the World
By Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Graham Hill
As a pastor I look for practical resources that cross the theological spectrum, stimulate discussion, and compel me to act. Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Graham Hill offer just such a resource. The task of “healing our broken humanity” is ambitious, but Kim and Hill offer pragmatic guidance for those who wish to undertake it.
With the idea of God creating “one new humanity” (Eph. 2:15) as their compass, the authors explore nine practices that can assist in such healing. They argue that “the church needs fresh practices before a watching world”—practices like relinquishing power, renewing lament, reconciling relationships, and reimagining the meaning of church. I found two of these practices particularly helpful: repenting together and reactivating hospitality.
The chapter on repentance begins with the claim that “our world is plagued by the pursuit of power and control, and by injustices, exploitations and racial disparities.” The authors make it clear that these sins are both personal and social. Repentance is a necessary posture in the face of such reality. It is a “four stage process” that involves conviction, contrition, commitment, and change.
Kim and Hill confront the racism and sexism embedded in our culture, calling the church away from an ideology of patriotism and national exceptionalism and toward allegiance to God. Naming “sanctioned violence” and the embrace of individualism as additional sins that require repentance, the authors call readers toward a new humanity in Christ—one that “believes in community, interdependence, compassion and love.”
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Keith Reynolds is pastor of Avondale United Church in Stratford, Ontario.