Lisa Sharon Harper | Shalom is the “Very Good” in the Gospel

Jan 7, 2020

Lisa Sharon Harper and Graham Joseph Hill discuss why shalom is the “very good’ in the gospel. The Global Church Project episode #151.

On her website https://lisasharonharper.com/the-very-good-gospel/, Lisa Sharon Harper writes:

“Shalom is what God declared. Shalom is what the Kingdom of God looks like.
Shalom is when all people have enough.
It’s when families are healed.
It’s when churches, schools, and public policies protect human dignity.
Shalom is when the image of God is recognized, protected and cultivated in every single human.
Shalom is our calling as followers of Jesus’s gospel. It is the vision God set forth in the Garden and the restoration God desires for every broken relationship.
Shalom is what our souls long for.
Shalom is the “very good” in the gospel.

What can we do to build shalom between nations, in our communities, and in our own lives? Through a careful exploration of biblical text, particularly the first three chapters of Genesis, in The Very Good Gospel Lisa Sharon Harper shows us what “very good” can look like today—in real time.

Because despite our anxious minds, despite division and threats of violence, God’s vision remains: Wholeness for a fragmented world. Peace for a hurting soul. Shalom.”

Lisa Sharon Harper is the founder and president of Freedom Road, and the author of several books, including the critically acclaimed, “The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong Can Be Made Right.” Asked why she does what she does, Lisa’s answer is clear: “So that the church might be worthy of the moniker ‘Bride of Christ.'” Through preaching, writing, training, network development, and public witness, Lisa engages the church in the work of justice and peacemaking. She was named “#5 of the Top 13 Women to Watch in 2012” by the Center for American Progress, and was awarded the 2013 Faith and Justice Leadership Award by the National Black Women’s Round Table. She formerly served as the Chief Church Engagement Officer at Sojourners.

In 2015, The Huffington Post recognized her as one of “50 Powerful Women Religious Leaders to Celebrate on International Women’s Day.” Most recently, Relevant Magazine recognized The Very Good Gospel as one of “Six Books that Will Change the Way You See the World”, and Ms. Harper as one of “Seven Leaders to Follow in 2017.”

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