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Christian Reconciliation Ministries: Healing Hurts and Building Hopes

in Our Fractured World

Summer 2007, Vol. 104, No. 3

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Table of Contents

First Words:


First Words . . . Reconciliation

By Leslie Hollon, Senior Pastor, St. Matthews Baptist Church, Louisville, Kentucky, and Joyce Sweeney Martin, Freelance Writer, Louisville, Kentucky.


A Word From . . .

By Walter B. Shurden, Callaway Professor of Christianity and Executive Director of The Center for Baptist Studies, Mercer University, Macon, Georgia.


A Word About . . . Teaching the Oracles IN the nations

By David G. Garber, Jr., Assistant Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, McAfee School of Theology, Atlanta, Georgia.


Thematic Words:


Reconciliation: Pastoral Reflections and Resources


By D. Leslie Hollon, Senior Pastor, St. Matthews Baptist Church,Louisville, Kentucky.



Telling the Stories: Reflections and Narratives from Christian Ambassadors of Reconciliation


By D. Leslie Hollon, Senior Pastor, St. Matthews Baptist Church,Louisville, Kentucky, and Joyce Sweeney Martin, Freelance Writer,Louisville, Kentucky.




    In Northern Ireland: On the Front Lines: David Porter


    In Great Britain: Making Peace with a Brother: Harvey Thomas


    In Rwanda: The Power of Truth and Reconciliation: Antoine Rutayisire and Dr. Rhiannon Lloyd


    In the United States: When Skeptics See: Lincoln Bingham


    In the United States: Holy and Holistic Living: Lonnieand Belinda Riley


    In the United States: The Prophetic Power of a Reconciling Symbol: Esther Augsburger


    In India: A Reconciler from Prison: Reny George



The Human Rights and the Promise of Political Forgiveness


By Mark Amstutz, Professor of Political Science in the Department of Politics and International Relations, Wheaton College, Wheaton,Illinois.



Moving Beyond Boundaries: Restorative Justice and Reconciliation as Complementary Paths in Peacemaking


By Ryan Hollon, urban planner living and working in Chicago, Illinois. He is currently conducting anti-violence research at Northwestern University’s Institute for Policy Research, and is on the board of the Community Justice for Youth Institute in Chicago.



Ambassadors of Reconciliation: Paul’s Genius In Applying the Gospel in a Multi-Cultural World: 2 Corinthians 5:14-21


By Hulitt Gloer, Professor of Preaching and Christian Scripture, Truett Seminary, Waco, Texas.



Committed to the Ministry of Reconciliation: Moving Beyond Conflict in the Balkans


By Arville and Sheila Earl, Cooperative Baptist Fellowship field personnel to Albanians and other Balkan-peoples.



When They Ask You, “Why?”: Pastoral Engagement with Sufferers Seeking Reconciliation


By Ronald Oliver, Associate Vice President, Pastoral Care, Norton Healthcare, Louisville, Kentucky.



Reconciliation and Peace-Building Ministries: An Annotated Bibliography


By Arthur McPhee, Associate Professor of Evangelism, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky.




Expository Words:



Forgiveness and Reconciliation: John 13: 31-35

By Harvey Thomas, an International Public Relations and Communications Consultant since 1976, working with heads of state and diplomats around the world. From 1984-1991, he served as Director of Press Communications for Britain’s Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. He also served with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association from 1960-1975.


Ezekiel 37: “Can These Bones Live? God, Only You Know”

By Shadia Qubti, a 25-year-old Christian Palestinian Israeli; youth coordinator for Musalaha, an interdenominational organization in Israel that seeks to expand reconciliation between Christian Palestinian Arabs and Israeli Messianic Jews through such efforts as seminars, desert encounters, and community outreach.



Words About Recent Books:

  • Chatham, James O. Creation to Revelation: A Brief Account ofthe Biblical Story

  • Craig, Kenneth M. Jr. A Poetics of Jonah: Art in the Serviceof Ideology

  • Harmon, Steven R. Towards Baptist Catholicity: Essays onTradition and the Baptist Vision

  • Lundbom, Jack R. Jeremiah 37-52

  • Mulligan, Mary Alice and Ronald J. Allen. Making the Word Come Alive: Lessons from Laity

  • Nickle, Keith F. The Synoptic Gospels: An Introduction. Rev. and expanded ed.

  • Tyler, John R Baptism: We’ve Got It Right . . . and Wrong: What Baptists Must Keep, What We Must Change, and Why


         . . . and Others


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