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Is Justice Possible? The Elusive Pursuit of What is Right

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"Christians who take the Bible seriously dare not ignore this message. Paul Nyquist writes like an Old Testament prophet in modern America . . . ” — Leith Anderson, president, National Association of Evangelicals | Washington, DC

“Paul Nyquist brings a biblical focus and discerning look at why justice matters and how we might worktoward it.”- Ed Stetzer, Billy Graham Chair | Wheaton College

“… [Explains] why justice often eludes us in this life, but also how we must work to achieve it as best we can.”— Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer, pastor emeritus, The Moody Church | Chicago  

Why is justice so hard to come by?

The innocent are convicted. The guilty get away. The scales tip toward the powerful, while the weak remain oppressed.

If our world is so sophisticated, why is there so much injustice? What can believers do? Can we ever expect justice? Dr. Paul Nyquist, former president of Moody Bible Institute, addresses these questions and more in his new book, Is Justice Possible?

In four parts he considers:

  • Biblical and theological foundations of justice
  • Obstacles to justice in human society
  • Practical steps for pursuing justice in political, personal, and public arenas
  • The hope of true justice upon Christ’s return

As police shootings and wrongful incarcerations raise increasing questions in the minds of Christians, Is Justice Possible? will seek to provide answers and establish biblical expectations.

At its core, this is a book about an attribute of God. Rather than rely on our own ideas of justice, we must look to the One who made us and embodies justice perfectly. Only then can we pursue justice in purposeful, effective, eternal ways.

Table of Contents:

Part One: What is Justice?
Chapter 1: The Starting Point of Justice: God, not Man
Chapter 2: God’s Role for Man in the Execution of Justice

Part Two: Why is Justice Elusive?
Chapter 3: The Legal Reason: We make Unjust Laws
Chapter 4: The Cognitive Reason: We have Limited Knowledge
Chapter 5: The Spiritual Reason: We have a Darkened Understanding
Chapter 6: The Neurological Reason: We have Implicit Bias

Part Three: How Should We Do Justice?
Chapter 7: Doing Justice in the Political Arena
Chapter 8: Doing Justice in the Public Arena
Chapter 9: Doing Justice in the Personal Arena

Part Four: Will We Ever See Justice?
Chapter 10: Justice When the Just King Rules
Chapter 11: Justice at the Great White Throne Judgment

“Justice is fleeting, yet demanded. It’s essential, yet often missed. We live in a broken world in need of just solutions—and Paul Nyquist brings a biblical focus and discerning look at why justice matters and how we might work toward it.”

Ed Stetzer | Billy Graham Chair, Wheaton College

“In Is Justice Possible? Dr. Nyquist biblically wrestles with the subject of justice.  The book is much needed because we are facing important questions that deal with biblical justice, social justice, legal justice, etc.  The author illustrates the obstacles to various kinds of justice, defines the term, situates it in the Bible, and gives hope for ultimate justice.”

— Bishop F. Josephus Johnson, II |Presiding bishop of the Beth-El Fellowship of Churches, senior pastor of The House of the Lord, author of God Is Greater Than Family Mess

“Dr. Paul Nyquist, president of Moody Bible Institute, has taken a bold step to call attention to racial bias, mass incarceration, and problems within the legal system. Dr. Nyquist’s book will influence other leaders to follow suit in taking a stand for those caught in the wheels of systemic injustice and provides a strong message for Christians on the biblical necessity of issues of racial and criminal justice.”

— Mark Reddy| The Justice Conference

“Paul Nyquist has given us a path to justice. Christians know the One from whom justice is derived, he writes, and we must be on the front lines wherever there is injustice. Injustice is a natural occurrence in a fallen world and Nyquist calls for Christians to take seriously the injustice in the American judicial system and to help mend its disturbing impact at all levels. Is Justice Possible? is a meaningful book for groups, filled with biblical study as well as practical and proactive steps to get involved.”

William E. Brown | Senior Fellow for Worldview and Culture, The Colson Center for Christian Worldview

“This book tackles the controversial topic of justice, so often discussed today. Nyquist helps us understand why justice often eludes us in this life, but also how we must work to achieve it as best we can. It helped me understand the issues at stake and renewed my vision to work for justice at every level. Thankfully it ended with a discussion of God the judge who will, in the end, bring perfect justice to a broken world.”

Erwin W. Lutzer | Pastor Emeritus, The Moody Church, Chicago

“Christians who take the Bible seriously dare not ignore this message. Paul Nyquist writes like an Old Testament prophet in modern America . . . confronting injustice and calling us to step up and do what is right.”

— Leith Anderson | President, National Association of Evangelicals, Washington, D.C.

“Unfortunately, justice is elusive in this fallen world. Yet, as followers of Jesus, we are called to do the right thing—confronting injustice, serving the poor, and defending the dignity of the incarcerated. In Is Justice Possible?, Paul Nyquist challenges us with stories, biblical truth, and passion to go beyond our comfort zone to relentlessly pursue justice. May this book spawn a new army of believers committed to this cause, which is dear to the heart of our God.”

James J. Ackerman | President & Chief Executive Officer, Prison Fellowship

“Is justice possible? That is a question this book asks by taking a careful and serious look at justice in Scripture and in our own history. Justice is a key value in Scripture that we often sidestep. Nyquist’s study shows that. He also shows how we can do better and where the best hope for justice lies. The book is full of insight. In sum, justice is well served by this book.”

Darrell Bock | Executive director for Cultural Engagement, Howard G. Hendricks Center for Christian Leadership and Cultural Engagement; Senior research professor of New Testament Studies, Dallas Theological Seminary

“Is Justice Possible? is a watershed work for evangelicals committed to the quest for the justice of Christ in the legal systems of man. Nyquist captures the ethos and heartache of those crying out, “How long, oh Lord, until justice comes?” Through the use of theology, history, and practical legal skill, Nyquist takes us on a journey that, though at times painful, ultimately lands in the hope of the gospel. This is a must read for those who are confident that in Christ we have a promise of divine justice and who long to see this promise more clearly in our fallen world!”

— Chris Brooks | Campus dean, Moody Theological Seminary, Michigan

“We live in a fallen world, which is cluttered with evil deeds—stealing, brutality, murder. However, God calls us all to be just in dealing with people who are accused of violating the law. But is justice possible—especially since we’ve all sinned and fallen short of God’s standard of righteousness? Paul Nyquist has addresses this question nobly from a biblical point of view. It’s an honest evaluation of where we, as a nation, have fallen short, and what we should be doing about it—realizing that someday Christ will reign as the perfect judge!”

Gene A. Getz | Professor, pastor, author

Product Details

  • Title : Is Justice Possible?: The Elusive Pursuit of What is Right
  • Author: Nyquist, J. Paul
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • ISBN: 9780802495105

DR. PAUL NYQUIST is president of Moody Global Ministries, a higher education and media ministry founded by evangelist D. L. Moody in 1886. He graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Studies and received a Th.M. and a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Dallas Theological Seminary. He is the author of Moody Publishers' Prepare: Living Your Faith in an Increasingly Hostile Culture and The Post-Church Christian. Paul and his wife, Cheryl, have been married for more than 30 years and have four children and four grandchildren.

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