Good News and Good Works

A Theology for the Whole Gospel

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I long for the day when every village, town, and city has congregations so in love with Jesus that they lead scores of people to him and so sensitive to the cry of the poor and oppressed that they work vigorously for justice, peace, and freedom, writes Ronald Sider. In Good News and Good Works, this best-selling author of Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger encourages readers to do evangelism hand-in-hand with social action in order to proclaim a holistic gospel.

Sider begins by analyzing various kingdom mission models espoused by Christians. He explains the dangers of churches following a one-sided model, then goes on to show how to combine evangelism and social concerns in a balanced fashion. This book was previously published by Zondervan as One-Sided Christianity?


"There is really no other book that so effectively tackles this issue head-on, written by a seasoned, impassioned, scholar activist of impeccable integrity."--Ralph Winter, U.S. Center for World Mission

"Few people have done more to promote a biblical balance between evangelism and social concern than Ron Sider. He is a man of absolute integrity who practices what he preaches."--David M. Howard, David C. Cook Foundation

"For the church's sake, we'd better listen."--Joan B. Campbell, National Council of Churches

"Ron Sider has given us a prophetic call to pursue evangelism in a style consistent with our larger understanding of Jesus."--Myron S. Augsburger, President Christian College Coalition

"Summarizes the commitment to evangelical truth and the passion for evangelical practice that has been characteristic of Ron Sider's ministry."--Samuel Escobar, professor of missiology, Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary

"I've admired Ron Sider and the work that he has done in the past, and I'm very excited about Good News and Good Works."--John Wimber, author, pastor of Vineyard Christian Fellowship

The Author

  1. Ronald J. Sider

    Ronald J. Sider

    Ronald J. Sider (1939-2022; PhD, Yale University) was the founder and president emeritus of Evangelicals for Social Action and served as distinguished professor of theology, holistic ministry, and public policy at Palmer Theological Seminary at Eastern...

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"A brilliant and challenging book that implores churches to seek balance in ministry."--Ministry Currents

"Sider gives Christians solid biblical and theological reasons for both evangelism and social engagement."--Southwestern Journal of Theology

"This book furthers Sider's life-long call for a combination of evangelism and social action, both being rooted and motivated out of a love for Jesus. The book is a thought-provoking reminder of God's heart for the poor."--Good News (May/June 1999)

"Offers ways to combine evangelism with social concern. ... Inspiring and informative reading for Christians who want to care for both the physical and spiritual needs that they encounter."--The Midwest Book Review