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Select Works of Ronald J. Sider (7 vols.)
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Select Works of Ronald J. Sider (7 vols.)

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In this collection, noted theologian Ronald J. Sider addresses many issues significant to the Body of Christ today. Politics, Christian giving, unity, and matters of conscience are explored in these seven volumes. Learn how to develop a church community that makes a difference, dig into the difficult realm of examining the Christian conscience, and engage in rigorous study of today’s political strata.

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Key Features

  • Addresses today’s tough issues from an Evangelical perspective
  • Emphasizes the importance of Christian unity and mission
  • Provides solid biblical grounding for engaging in debate

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Just Generosity, 2nd Edition

  • Author: Ronald J. Sider
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Pages: 352

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In this new edition of Just Generosity, Ronald J. Sider calls believers to care as much about the poor as Jesus did. He offers a comprehensive, yet accessible, agenda of ways to reduce poverty in the United States. Using poignant stories to engage the heart and well-documented facts to convince the mind, Sider presents a nonpartisan corrective to poverty in the United States. These concrete suggestions will be an invaluable help to those who wish to understand and join political debates over poverty.

This is a paradoxical moment. The stock market soars while the gap between have’s and have not’s widens. Business and government both seem helpless, and are looking—sometimes with near desperation—to faith-based groups for help. But what should we do? Ron Sider here presents a convincing and workable answer. It will strengthen immeasurably the lively conversation already under way on this issue. Lively, readable, and believable.

Harvey Cox, Thomas Professor of Divinity, Harvard Divinity School

Drawing creatively from both ‘conservatives and liberals,’ Sider issues a powerful biblical call to end the scandal of widespread poverty in the richest nation on the earth.

—David Beckmann, president, Bread for the World

On earth as it is in heaven is not just a prayer, we should pursue it. Ron Sider gives the practical implications of living for people with a vision of God’s kingdom demonstrated on earth. Government is helpless to respond to the poor without the involvement of people of faith. We have a biblical mandate to do justice. In Just Generosity, Ron Sider shows us how.

—Tom Pelton, president, March for Jesus USA

Just Politics

  • Author: Ronald J. Sider
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 272

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Evangelicals today probably have more political influence in the United States than at any time in the last century—but they might not be certain what to do with it. It has been difficult to develop a unified voice on pressing issues such as social justice and moral renewal. Bestselling author and theologian, Ronald J. Sider offers a biblically grounded, factually rooted, Christian approach to politics that cuts across ideological divides. Shaped by a careful study of society, this book will guide readers into more thoughtful and effective political activity.

Ron Sider once again proves that he is one of our country’s most important public theologians. Tackling the most pertinent debates of the day, Just Politics offers a blueprint for how evangelicals can be politically active in a biblically coherent, spiritually mature, and publicly reflective way. Any Christian who is looking to be challenged in what it means to be faithful and politically engaged should read this book!

Jim Wallis, president and CEO, Sojourners

Ron Sider, the founder of Evangelicals for Social Action, sets forth in this book ways in which Christians can work for justice with the political systems of our day. Drawing on his extensive scholarly research and his lifetime of activism, he provides a scenario that can assist Christians who want to responsibly implement biblical principles in the decisions of government. Those who want to know how to make informed statements in response to the crucial issues of these perilous times will find this book an invaluable guide. Ron Sider writes with clarity and conviction. This book deserves praise!

—Tony Campolo, emeritus professor of sociology, Eastern University

Ron Sider builds on years of experience and conversations with Christians across a very wide spectrum. His balance is better than that of most who want to influence politics for the better. And biblical faith is the solid platform on which he builds and balances. Listen to Ron carefully before taking your next step. Just Politics: that’s what we need.

—James W. Skillen, former president, Center for Public Justice

The Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience

  • Author: Ronald J. Sider
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Pages: 144

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Why are Christians living just like the rest of the world? Evangelical Christians say they believe in biblical moral standards and the power of God to transform lives—yet recent surveys show that most are not living any differently than the rest of the world. From money to sex to racism to personal self-fulfillment, a scandalous percentage of Christians are violating biblical standards with barely a twinge of conviction.

Ronald J. Sider takes a painfully honest look at this disconnect to reveal the depth of the problem and contrast it with biblical teaching on the transforming power of genuine faith. When we apply these biblical teachings to our lives, we will be more suited to close the gap between who we are and who God calls us to be.

The conscience of many evangelicals has been programmed more by social patterns than by the Scripture. In this work, Ron Sider gives us an impressive critique of this scandal and calls us to a rediscovery of the ethics of Christ. This book can help us see that being saved in relation with Jesus means that we now live in relation with Jesus. The church is the body of Christ, the community that makes Jesus visible in the world. Our ability to be self-critical is in itself an evidence of the sincerity of our faith. This book is a call to repentance and renewal.

Myron S. Augsburger, president emeritus, Eastern Mennonite University

If you’ve ever wondered why today’s evangelicals lack the societal influence their numbers would seem to bestow, Ron Sider offers an answer in The Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience. Quibble with him here and there as we might, but until the evangelical church is willing to face into the biblical issues Sider raises, I fear we will continue to find our cultural saltiness leaching away.

Duane Litfin, president, Wheaton College

Every now and then, somebody needs to step on the toes of the body of Christ. Reading this book may make you wince, but the pain of self-examination is worth it. Take it to your pastor. To your small group. To your Sunday school teacher. Urge them to take up these serious challenges and wake the church to the demands of discipleship.

—David Neff, editor and vice-president, Christianity Today

Good News and Good Works

  • Author: Ronald J. Sider
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 1999
  • Pages: 256

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“I long for the day when every village, town, and city has congregations so in love with Jesus that they lead scores of people to him and so sensitive to the cry of the poor and oppressed that they work vigorously for justice, peace, and freedom,” writes Ronald J. Sider. In Good News and Good Works, this best-selling author encourages readers to do evangelism together with social action in order to proclaim a holistic gospel. Sider begins by analyzing various kingdom mission models espoused by Christians. He explains the dangers of churches following a one-sided model, then goes on to show how to combine evangelism and social concerns in a balanced fashion.

There is really no other book that so effectively tackles this issue head-on, written by a seasoned, impassioned, scholar activist of impeccable integrity.

—Ralph Winter, founder, U.S. Center for World Mission

Few people have done more to promote a biblical balance between evangelism and social concern than Ron Sider. He is a man of absolute integrity who practices what he preaches.

—David M. Howard, trustee, David C. Cook Foundation

For the church’s sake, we'd better listen

—Joan B. Campbell, general secretary, National Council of Churches

Ron Sider has given us a prophetic call to pursue evangelism in a style consistent with our larger understanding of Jesus.

Myron S. Augsburger, president emeritus, Eastern Mennonite University

Summarizes the commitment to evangelical truth and the passion for evangelical practice that has been characteristic of Ron Sider’s ministry.

Samuel Escobar, professor of missiology, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Churches That Make a Difference

  • Authors: Ronald J. Sider, Philip N. Olson, and Heidi Rolland Unruh
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2002
  • Pages: 336

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Is your church meeting both the physical and spiritual needs of your community? Churches That Make a Difference explores the biblical mandate and how-tos of developing and maintaining an effective holistic ministry that combines evangelism and social outreach. This comprehensive resource will help your congregation embrace change, resolve conflict, overcome social barriers, and move into a life-changing outreach of holistic ministry.

This book, by people who know what they are talking about, shows that churches, especially small churches, with vision, courage, and a biblically informed theology can be major players for transforming cities. It gave me great hope.

—Tony Campolo, emeritus professor of sociology, Eastern University

Churches That Make A Difference is a biblically grounded, richly researched, and thoroughly useful guide to enacting holistic ministry in every congregation. With interesting cases and working examples, these compassionate academics offer a lighted path from lofty theological vision to the details of worship, program, partners and resources that you need to know. It’s solid, inspirational, and ever so practical.

—Carl S. Dudley, faculty of Hartford Institute for Religion Research, Hartford Seminary

A faith-based revolution is emerging with the church, taking its rightful and responsible place in the public square. I found this timely book to be an insightful and practical guide for the church to seize this unprecedented opportunity.

—Dave Donaldson, founder and CEO, We Care America

Philip N. Olson is vice president for church relations at Evangelicals for Social Action and director of Network 9:35, which helps churches develop holistic ministries.

Heidi Rolland Unruh is associate director of the Congregations, Communities, and Leadership Development Project at Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Linking Arms, Linking Lives

  • Authors: Ronald J. Sider, John M. Perkins, F. Albert Tizon, and Wayne L. Gordon
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Pages: 240

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Among the various lines drawn between people in the church—male and female, young and old, black and white, rich and poor, Republican and Democrat—there is the line between the urban and the suburban. The stereotypes of the edgy, socially active, multicultural urban Christian and the middle-class, comfortable, upwardly mobile suburban Christian mix fact and fiction. Linking Arms, Linking Lives looks beyond stereotypes and makes a compelling case for partnership that crosses urban and suburban for effective ministry among the poor. Drawing from a growing network of development practitioners, pastors, and theologians, this book focuses on the experiences of partnership between urban and suburban entities to provide both theological foundations and practical guidelines for those who desire to partner effectively. All who want to find viable ways to help the poor will welcome this thoughtful and hope-filled book.

Linking Arms, Linking Lives offers compelling reasons, comprehensive guidance, and relevant practices for implementing urban-suburban partnerships in the twenty-first century. The experience and wisdom of these veterans of community ministry combined with a treasure trove of contemporary examples makes this book a resource rich gift. I highly recommend it!

—Curtiss Paul DeYoung, professor of reconciliation studies, Bethel University

The vast changes taking place in the city require that the church discover new ways of seeing urban mission, and develops new strategies, new partnerships, and a host of new leaders to carry it out. This book has its finger on the pulse of the new global city, and every practitioner committed to God’s work there will love it.

—Randy White, national coordinator for urban projects, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship

Linking Arms, Linking Lives informs the Christian church on why and how we should speak to each other. It is a biblically based, practical approach to how we can unite urban and suburban Christians under Christ’s lordship to do ministry.

—Luis Cortés Jr., president, Esperanza

John M. Perkins is cofounder of the Christian Community Development Association and director of the John M. Perkins Foundation for Reconciliation and Development in Jackson, Mississippi. He is the author of nine books, including Let Justice Roll Down.

F. Albert Tizon is assistant professor of evangelism and holistic ministry at Palmer Theological Seminary and director of Word & Deed Network of Evangelicals for Social Action.

Wayne L. Gordon holds a DMin from Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the founding pastor of Lawndale Community Church on Chicago’s westside, and is president of the Christian Community Development Association.

The Early Church on Killing

  • Author: Ronald J. Sider
  • Publisher: Baker
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Pages: 224

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In this volume, noted theologian Ronald J. Sider lets the testimony of the early church speak. It offers a thorough, comprehensive treatment on topics of perennial concern—war, abortion, and capital punishment—providing English translations for all extant data directly relevant to the treatment of these issues by the early church until Constantine. Primarily, it draws data from early church writings, but other evidence, such as archaeological finds and Roman writings, is included. The book contains brief introductions to every Christian writer cited and explanatory notes on many specific texts. The Early Church on Killing will be a helpful text in courses on ethics, theology, and church history.

The question of ‘killing’ has been a contested and debated issue from the earliest years of the church’s history. May Christians serve in the military? Is abortion ever justifiable? What of the question of capital punishment? Ron Sider has produced an invaluable handbook of primary source material from an ancient Christian perspective that can serve the entire church well as we continue to face these thorny and often heartrending questions in a modern context.

Christopher A. Hall, chancellor, Eastern University

In a time when violent death is all too common and wars of choice are undertaken all too readily, it is bracing to be reminded by this cloud of witnesses from the early church of the value that early Christians placed on human life and the severe judgments they issued on those who took it without cause.

Harold W. Attridge, Sterling Professor of Divinity, Yale Divinity School

In this very important work, Ron Sider returns to his roots as a church historian to offer an exceedingly careful, measured study of the literary evidence left by the early church on the morality of killing. This volume is entirely free of propaganda or polemics, following the evidence where it leads. This deceptively brief, highly disciplined study should prove to be authoritative in this field.

David P. Gushee, distinguished university professor of Christian ethics, Center for Theology and Public Life, Mercer University

About Ronald J. Sider

Ronald J. Sider is a distinguished professor of theology, holistic ministry, and public policy at Palmer Theological Seminary. He is the author of many books, including the bestselling Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger and Christianity Today Book Award winner Just Generosity.