Together, Mosaic is seeking an every-day justice that’s rooted in God’s character, revealed in scripture and the person of Jesus, and discerned with the help of the Holy Spirit.
Winter and Spring 2019
Word of the Year, 2018
“The concept of justice was at the center of many of our national debates in the past year: racial justice, social justice, criminal justice, economic justice. In any conversation about these topics, the question of just what exactly we mean when we use the term justice is relevant, and part of the discussion.”
A big series in six parts…
Part 1. Justice is…
We begin by exploring the definition of justice, as well as our own assumptions about what it is and why it matters. “Justice” is an English word, but it comprises three thoroughly biblical concepts: power, authority, and rightness.
Part 2. Creation
Our just God would not declare creation “very good” if it was anything less than right “in all its vast array.” So we explore the creation story’s vision of a just world, and we consider how it both affirms and challenges our notions and experiences of “rightness.”
Part 3. Fall
God may have declared creation very good, charging humans to fill, subdue, and rule the earth. But humans, using this power and authority unjustly, judge their creator to be less-than-good. “Rightness” is broken, opening the door for suffering and death.
Part 4. Exile
Banished from Eden, the human experience is newly infused with compounding evils and suffering. The original exile sets a pattern that repeats through the generations of the biblical narrative. And its echoes can surely be heard in our own stories.
Part 5. All is Not Lost
Part 6. Reconciliation
When rightness was violated in the fall, the first things that broke were relationships—there was new distance between humans and God and within the human family. God’s response: to move toward us and to call us closer.