Thursday, May 15, 2014


Thus the argument between true and false prophets about shalom seems to boil down to whether peace / shalom refers to security and prosperity regardless of how obtained or at what price, or whether it refers to an okayness in all three aspects of life. The latter represents the true prophets’ point of view...Only the prosperity which comes from moral integrity and includes the well-being of all is shalom prosperity. In light of this inference, we may say that justice—not prosperity by itself—becomes the true measuring stick for whether or not there is shalom.— Shalom, page 18 (emphasis original)

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I'm finally getting around to reading some older stuff...this book was originally published in 1987 (and is still in print!). I've been meaning to read it for ages, but finally ordered it via ILL and read it over the winter.

It's a great little book, and I'll be posting excerpts until I run out of them : ) My problem with the book is the same problem I have with so many books in the Mennonite/Anabaptist tradition: where's the power of the Holy Spirit? It's as if there are only two active members of the Trinity, with the Holy Spirit taking a sabbatical...what do you think?
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