Justice requires perseverance—a deep perseverance we can’t muster on our own. The needs in our world are staggering and even the most passion-driven reactions, strategies, and good intentions can falter. But we serve a God who never falters, a God who sees all the needs, hears all the cries, and gives strength—through Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit—to his people.
The Justice Calling draws us into the whole story of Scripture, inviting us to know more intimately the God who loves justice and calls us to give our lives to seek the flourishing of others.
Weaving together a comprehensive biblical theology of justice, authors Hoang and Johnson build on the whole of Scripture from Genesis to Revelation as they explore stories of injustice around the globe today. They spur Christians to root their passion for justice in persevering hope, fueled by knowing the God of rescue and restoration. The book also includes invitations to practices that can further form readers into people who join God’s work of setting things right in the world.
Bethany Hanke Hoang (MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary) engages leaders around the world with the critical connection between justice and spiritual formation. She advises and regularly speaks on behalf of the Institute for Biblical Justice for International Justice Mission (IJM.org), a global organization that protects the poor from violence. Hoang was named among “50 Women to Watch” by Christianity Today and one of “20 Women to Watch” by Catalyst. She has also been profiled for her leadership in the justice movement by Outreach and Relevant and has published Deepening the Soul for Justice. Hoang lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Kristen Deede Johnson (PhD, University of St. Andrews) is associate professor of theology and Christian formation at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. She teaches and writes in the areas of theology, culture, formation, and political theory. Her previous publications include Theology, Political Theory, and Pluralism: Beyond Tolerance and Difference.
Praise for: The Justice Calling
“I can’t imagine a better biblical and theological introduction to the topic of justice, combined with pastoral wisdom and the urgency that comes from direct engagement with the brokenness of our world.”—Andy Crouch, executive editor, Christianity Today
“I suspect that The Justice Calling will become one of those books I turn to again and again.”—Lynne Hybels, advocate for global engagement, Willow Creek Community Church
“They explicitly address the need of those who struggle for justice, patience, lament, and hope. An important contribution.”—Nicholas Wolterstorff, Yale University
“I’m genuinely inspired by this book and pray that it will encourage, challenge, and inspire others not only to the work of justice but also to the God of justice.”—Eugene Cho, senior pastor, Quest Church
“One of the best biblical theologies on justice that I’ve ever read. As an advocate for justice and racial reconciliation, I highly recommend it!”—Brenda Salter McNeil, Seattle Pacific University
“As we face down the giants of injustice in the season ahead, this is a book I’d urge every follower of Jesus to dig into and carry close at hand.”—Gary A. Haugen, president and CEO, International Justice Mission; author of The Locust Effect
“With tender passion and immense wisdom, Bethany Hoang and Kristen Johnson invite us to see that the drama of the Bible is about growing goodness as a means to thwart what is unrighteous….This is a must-read, glorious book.”—Dan B. Allender, Seattle School of Theology and Psychology
“While the stories of pain and injustice will haunt you, this fresh exploration of God’s vision for our world will make you want to get up and do something—and invite others to join you.”—Kara Powell, Fuller Youth Institute
“Bethany and Kristen lead us through the metanarrative of Scripture in such a beautiful, justice-centered way that we cannot see justice as a tertiary topic anymore….Beautifully written, beautifully lived!”—Sara Groves, singer/songwriter and advocate for IJM
“Thank you, Bethany and Kristen, for this important work; it is powerful and convicting and will be a staple book for the church for many years to come.”—Gabe Lyons, author of Good Faith and founder of Q
“God calls us to show up and love with his love, and we can’t do that if we don’t know his word. This book takes us deep into God’s word as God takes us deep into his world.”—Christine Caine, founder of The A21 Campaign and Propel
“I am excited to see how this work will influence leaders as they face the biblical challenge to confront injustice head on at God’s invitation.”—Tyler Reagin, executive director, Catalyst