In the decade after 9/11, Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale did what preachers were doing all across America—he entered the pulpit and tried to claim Jesus Christ as the risen one who is ushering in a renewed and restored kingdom, even as it seemed that so many nations and special interest groups were claiming power and authority. Over the course of a decade many of the sermons directly addressed the great issues through reflection on the biblical narrative. Sometimes that interaction resulted in the congregation being moved by faith to enter the fray and to address issues such as war, natural disasters, sexual orientation, economic disparity, immigration reform, interfaith matters, and ecological disaster. In short, when the Bible met the big issues in congregational space and time, the church was transformed in spirit and made ready for real action.
In 34 sermons that go from preemptive war to the Arab Spring, Kaper-Dale insists that nothing that happens in real history lies outside the realm of theological reflection, and that there is nothing a congregation cannot delve into once it has seen why the particular kingdom message of Jesus Christ is stronger than any other power.
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- Combines study of scripture with clear political and social analysis
- Dissects moral and ethical conduct with a Christian perspective in today’s world
- Provides a selection of sermons in the Reformed tradition
- Addresses current events through passionate preaching
- Preparing the Church to Confront Other Kingdoms
- The Prepared Church Faces the Issues of Our Day
- Faith Facing the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq
- Faith Facing “Enemies”
- Faith Facing Immigration Policy
- Faith Facing Economics and Poverty
- Faith Facing Environmental Degradation
- Faith Facing Sexual Orientation
- Faith Facing American Mass Shootings
- Faith Facing Natural Disasters
- Faith Facing Darfur
- A New Day: The Election of Barack Obama
Praise for the Print Edition
There are some today who claim that the preaching of sermons is passé. Seth Kaper-Dale’s new book proves them wrong. These winsome sermons show the power of the gospel when the biblical text, expertly understood, intersects with the issues of our contemporary culture. Insightful exegesis of both biblical text and modern world finds expression in eloquent prose to give voice to a Micah-like passion for justice. Take up and read.
—Steven Bouma-Prediger, professor, Hope College, MI
The prophet Jeremiah writes, ‘There is a fire in my bones and I cannot hold it in.’ Seth writes with an urgency that you sense he feels deeply. He writes with an excellent balance between scriptural integrity and a social/political analysis. His biblical insights challenge our moral and ethical conduct in a broken world. It is evident that his preaching is moved to call us to personal conviction and communal responsibility.
—Andres S. Fierro, pastor, Reformed Church in America
Probing and inspiring, this book is for anyone who wonders where the prophetic and critical voice of the gospels has gone. In this age of drone warfare, accelerating economic inequality, and imminent climate catastrophe, we need Kaper-Dale’s capacious vision of justice more than ever.
—Colin Jager, professor, Rutgers University, NJ
Here at Princeton, I have never assigned a sermon as reading material for any of my religion courses—until, that is, I read A Voice for Justice. This year I’ll use two, one on interreligious hospitality and the other on immigration. For unblinkered and unblinking preaching in the Reformed tradition, addressing the tumult and turmoil of America today, Kaper-Dale gets to the heart of the issues, prophetically.
—Richard Fox Young, professor, Princeton Theological Seminary, New Jersey
About Seth Kaper-Dale
Seth Kaper-Dale is co-pastor of the Reformed Church of Highland Park, New Jersey, with his wife Stephanie. In addition to traditional pastoral duties Seth has started a church-based affordable housing corporation, two community development corporations, and a major immigration ministry (which included providing sanctuary to nine asylum seekers for many months).