Justice, Grace, and Law in the Mission of God

The 2015 Fuller Forum explored the themes of justice, grace, and law and how each shapes our understanding of the church’s relationship with God and the church’s ministry in the world. Joined by Fuller scholars and other guests, renowned Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann, featured as the conference’s keynote speaker. Author of over a hundred books, he is the William Marcellus mcPheeters Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary.

“The law of Yahweh is not like the law of the Medes and the Persians, because it is nestled in the zone of fidelity. It is Torah that is rooted in God’s grace and that is performed as neighborly justice.”

Walter Brueggemann
Walter Brueggemann

Walter Brueggemann on the Relational God

Walter Brueggemann speaks about God being a dialogic partner actively engaged with his people, and how this relationality shapes our understanding of God’s justice, grace, and law.

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Kyong-Jin Lee on Ethics in a Globalized World

Kyong-Jin Lee on Ethics in a Globalized World

Johnny Ramírez-Johnson reflects on how the divine command to keep the Sabbath is tied to every dimension of Christian life and community.

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Q&A | Walter Brueggemann and Kyong-Jin Lee

Q&A | Walter Brueggemann and Kyong-Jin Lee

At the 2015 Fuller Forum, Walter Brueggemann and Kyong-Jin Lee discussed human agency, divine providence, and the call to neighborly love in a Q&A moderated by Mark Labberton.

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Johnny Ramírez-Johnson on Keeping the Sabbath Holy

Johnny Ramírez-Johnson on Keeping the Sabbath Holy

Johnny Ramírez-Johnson reflects on how the divine command to keep the Sabbath is tied to every dimension of Christian life and community.

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John Goldingay

John Goldingay on Praying for Justice

John Goldingay speaks about the need to pray on behalf of the oppressed and how the Psalms help us do so.

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Walter Brueggemann

Walter Brueggemann on Justice from Below

Walter Brueggemann presents the idea of two kinds of justices—predatory justice from above and transformative justice from below—and contended that the Bible depicts a contestation between both.

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Brad Strawn

Brad Strawn on Confession as Justice

Brad Strawn speaks to how the acts of confession and truth-telling bring healing not only to individuals but to the world.

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Walter Brueggemann explores God’s restorative grace and the ways it necessitates and energizes the restored community’s witness, worship, and work of justice.

Walter Brueggemann on Restorative Grace

Walter Brueggemann explores God’s restorative grace and the ways it necessitates and energizes the restored community’s witness, worship, and work of justice.

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Amos Yong

Amos Yong on the Spirit Who Bridges the Gap

Amos Yong reflects on the Holy Spirit’s work of reconciliation between God and creation, and of bridging the divisions between people and communities.

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Walter Brueggemann and Amos Yong

Q&A | Walter Brueggemann and Amos Yong

At the 2015 Fuller Forum, Walter Brueggemann and Amos Yong discussed the themes of grace and justice in a Q&A moderated by Mark Labberton.

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Walter Brueggemann

Walter Brueggemann on Law That Listens

Walter Brueggemann presents the law of Yahweh not as static and totalizing but as an ongoing conversation between God and God’s people.

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Cameron Lee

Cameron Lee on the Listening Stance

Cameron Lee explains how neighborliness has developmental roots in early family relationships, and how this has implications for the ministry and life of the church.

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Michael McBride

Michael McBride on Racial Justice

Michael McBride, pastor of The Way Christian Center, talks about the role the church has to advocate for and participate in movements of racial justice, particularly by redeeming broken systems.

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Fuller Forum Breakout Sessions

Breakout Sessions

Various scholars lead breakout sessions during the 2015 Fuller Forum.

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Walter Brueggemann

The 2015 Fuller Forum explored the themes of justice, grace, and law and how each shapes our understanding of the church’s relationship with God and the church’s ministry in the world. Joined by Fuller scholars and other guests, renowned Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann, featured as the conference’s keynote speaker. Author of over a hundred books, he is the William Marcellus mcPheeters Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary.