How Long, O Lord?
The Challenge and Promise of Reconciliation and Peace
The task of reconciliation with God, ourselves and others is an integral element of the mission of God that has been entrusted to his people and leads us to be peacemakers in our societies. Dealing with the grand vision of peace and reconciliation, this book unlocks the biblical story of reconciliation and challenges churches to widen their scope of mission and become a healing and restorative community. With a particular focus on case studies from the Philippines, this book gives insight on the work of reconciliation in different parts of the world. Dealing with themes such as repentance, forgiveness, partnership, and multiculturalism, How Long, O Lord? offers a thorough, academic investigation of the ministry of reconciliation that will be useful for pastors, counsellors, and scholars in various contexts.
Once you begin reading this book you will not easily put it down, and you will come away with renewed inspiration to be part of God’s program of reconciliation.
William Dyrness, PhD
Author and Senior Professor of Theology and Culture,
Fuller Theological Seminary
Can peace and justice embrace in our violent and unjust world? This rich compilation probes the depths both of the biblical narrative as well as the stories of contemporary peacemakers in a hope-inspiring and practically rooted response to that urgent question.
Ruth Padilla DeBorst, PhD
Provost, Center for Interdisciplinary Theological Education
Coordinator, International Fellowship for Mission as Transformation (INFEMIT)
This compendium presents an invaluable tool that will enable the Body of Christ to overcome our deficiencies in the realm of peacemaking and fulfill the mission of our Lord, the Prince of Peace.
Bishop Efraim Tendero
World Evangelical Alliance
This book takes the Western evangelical into another world – a world almost ignored in popular evangelical literature. The constant question put to the reader is, What does the Bible say about peace and reconciliation in a world where division, injustice, and conflict prevail? This is a wonderful book, but the pain it reflects makes it a challenging read.
Rev Kevin Giles, DTh
Pastor, Theologian, Writer
This book presents to various Christian leaders and theologians, God’s revelations on the reconciliation and healing brought about by Christ in different contexts. I highly encourage every pastor and church leader to have a copy of this book.
Bishop Noel Pantoja
Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches
I commend How Long, O Lord? to all who define their life in the world by the dictates of the gospel story, but especially to those that are troubled, restless, and dissatisfied with the way things are in the church and in our world today.
Bishop David Zac Niringiye, PhD
Institute for Religion, Faith, and Culture in Public Life (INTERFACE)
Fuller Theological Seminary
Table of Contents
- List of Abbreviations
- List of Figures and Tables
- List of Photos
- Foreword by Timoteo D. Gener
- Foreword by Aldrin M. Peñamora
- Introduction: “How Long, O Lord?” The Challenge and Promise of Reconciliation and Peace
- Section I. Biblical Perspectives
- 1. “Righteousness and Peace Kiss One Another” (Ps 85:10): Biblical Perspectives on Peace and Reconciliation
- Christopher J. H. Wright
- 2. “What’s Your Name?” Biblical Perspectives on Memory and Reconciliation
- Takamitsu Muraoka
- 3. God in the Face of the Other: A Biblical Model for Resolving Conflicts (Genesis 32–33)
- Alvin M. Molito
- Section II. The Ways of Peace
- 4. Issues in Israeli and Palestinian Reconciliation Encounters
- Salim J. Munayer
- 5. Peacebuilding from Below in a Multicultural Setting: A Case Study of a Space for Peace and Its Challenges to the Evangelical Faith Community
- Fermin P. Manalo Jr.
- 6. Moses, the Datu, and the Prince of Peace: Sources and Synergies for Filipino Leadership
- Jeremy Simons
- Section III. Healing and Forgiveness
- 7. Telling a Different Story: Rwandans Learn to Forgive After Genocide
- John Steward
- 8. Healing the Trauma of War and Internal Displacement: Exploring the Nexus of Trauma Healing and Reconciliation
- Annabel M. Manalo
- 9. Family Reconciliation among Survivors of Incest and Abandonment: A Case Study in Accompaniment
- Tricia Mazo
- Section IV. Liturgical and Cultural Resources
- 10. Franciscan Peacemaking: Making Connections with the Wider Christian Tradition
- Charles Ringma
- 11. Kapayapaan at Pagbasa ng “Pasyong Mahal”: Pagtuklas sa Ugnayan
- Ronaldo H. Magpayo
- 12. The Aestheticization of Violence and the Poetics of Peace
- Section V. Partnership and Cooperation
- 13. Missional Engagement for Reconciliation: Local Church Builds Relationships with a Muslim Community
- Glicerio M. Manzano, Jr.
- 14. The Philippine Bible Society and Interconfessional Bible Translation: An Avenue for Dialogue and Cooperation in the Filipino Christian Church
- Christine Joy N. Martinez and Leizl S. Ocampo
- About the Editors and Contributors
- John Robert Rances