The first Christians lived out a new social order and envisaged the world anew. Divisions, inequalities and injustices would be overturned as the world would reflect a new kind of reign. In the Kingdom of God, the powerful are brought low, while the oppressed are raised up; the hungry are filled with good things, while the rich are sent empty away; the wolf lives with the lamb, and the leopard lies down with the goat; the slave becomes the son, the master is the servant of all and the meek will inherit the earth. This same upside-down Kingdom is echoed in the Carnival festivals of the Medieval era, which both parodied the oppressive structures of their day and dramatically portrayed an alternative reality. In this book, twelve scholars, theologians, and social activists from around the world take up the Carnival’s call for justice and a renewed society, and portray in their own contexts the Kingdom of God coming in justice and fullness of life – the coming of the Carnival Kingdom.
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Leonard Sweet wants to show you the ins and outs of living an old-fashioned faith in these newfangled times. In his engaging, symphonic, thought-bytes style, Sweet invites you to…
Mezuzah your universe * Do dirt and do the dishes * Cycle to church
Give history a shove * Cheer rivals from the bench * Dance the salsa
Soul Salsa unpacks biblical faith in ways that can change how you live in the real world. You can be a man or woman who walks the ancient path of a disciple in the world of the future. Because the NEW future is NOW – and now is the time to practice the “17 Lifestyle Requirements for Membership in the Postmodern Body of Christ.” It’s no longer enough to “Say Amen, Somebody.” It’s time to “Dance the Salsa, Everybody!” – in a culture that desperately needs your moves.