Resurrection City: A Theology of Improvisation

by Peter Goodwin Heltzel. Wm. B Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2012.
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Modern-day prophet, pastor and biblical theologian, Peter Heltzel, combines his deep appreciation for jazz and his love for the church to imagine a world where “shalom justice” prevails. He guides the reader on a journey from the biblical prophets who envisioned a wholeness “that encompasses all creation” to Jesus the marginalized Jew whose stories “narrate what this love and justice look like in the flesh”. From there, the path turns to the black freedom struggle and more recent voices from feminist theology and the eco-justice movement. Throughout, Heltzel chastens and inspires. He urges congregations to become “local communities of care and collective action” to create and uphold a more just society. This book is more theoretical than practical, but its lyrical and compelling message will be appreciated by the serious reader looking for a theological framework for prophetic ministry today.