Forgive Us: Confessions Of A Compromised Faith

Paperback | September 23, 2014

byMae Elise Cannon, Lisa Sharon Harper

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Many people have become angry and frustrated with organized religion and evangelical Christianity, in particular. Too often the church has proven to be a source of pain rather than a place of hope. Forgive Us acknowledges the legitimacy of much of the anger toward the church. In truth, Christianity in America has significant brokenness in its history that demands recognition and repentance. Only by this path can the church move forward with its message of forgiveness, reconciliation, and peace.

Forgive Us is thus a call to confession. From Psalm 51 to the teachings of Jesus to the prayers of Nehemiah, confession is the proper biblical response when God's people have injured others and turned their backs on God's ways. In the book of Nehemiah, the author confesses not only his own sins, but also the sins of his ancestors. The history of the American church demands a Nehemiah-style confession both for our deeds and the deeds of those who came before us.

In each chapter of Forgive Us two pastors who are also academically trained historians provide accurate and compelling histories of some of the American church's greatest shortcomings. Theologian Soong-Chan Rah and justice leader Lisa Sharon Harper then share theological reflections along with appropriate words of confession and repentance.

Passionate and purposeful, Forgive Us will challenge evangelical readers and issue a heart-felt request to the surrounding culture for forgiveness and a new beginning.

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Many people have become angry and frustrated with organized religion and evangelical Christianity, in particular. Too often the church has proven to be a source of pain rather than a place of hope. Forgive Us acknowledges the legitimacy of much of the anger toward the church. In truth, Christianity in America has significant brokenness...

MAE ELISE CANNON(M.A., Trinity International University; M.B.A., M.Div., North Park University) is senior director of Middle East advocacy and outreach for World Vision USA. A former pastor, Cannon is author of theSocial Justice Handbook: Small Steps for a Better World.LISA SHARON HARPER(M.F.A., University of Southern California; M.A.,...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.4 × 5.63 × 0.75 inPublished:September 23, 2014Publisher:ZondervanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0310515963

ISBN - 13:9780310515968

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Table of Contents

Introduction Chapter 1: The Genocide of Indigenous People in the AmericasChapter 2: Environmental Degradation and the Stewardship of CreationChapter 3: Racism and Xenophobia Chapter 4: Sexism and Oppression of WomenChapter 5: Marginalization and Abuse of the LGBTQ Community Chapter 6: God and Country: Nativism and Immigration Chapter 7: Christocentrism, Anti-Semitism, and IslamophobiaConclusion

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There is now a great deal of talk about "the crisis in the church."Most of that talk is frivolous and too easy, propelled by manufacturedsolutions, business models, or cheap grace. Not here! Thesewriters walk honestly into the failures of the church that has toolong, too often, colluded with convenient exclusionary practices.This book is a recognition that serious forgiveness by God followsserious repentance. This is well-informed, highly disciplined theologyapplied to the lived realities of the church. -- Walter Brueggemann, , Columbia Theological Seminary