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Episode 1: The Surprising Connection Between Atonement and the Work of Justice (w/ Dr. Jeremy Treat)

Key Question: Justice is God’s idea, not ours. How can we join God in His work that has been underway since the beginning of time?

Welcome to the very first episode of Just Neighbors! This is a podcast for every believer who has been transformed by the Gospel and desires to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God and their neighbors in need. Join hosts Jami Kaeb and Ryan MacDonald as they talk with leaders, pastors, and practitioners about how to live a life of biblical justice and compassion.

We have a special guest for this episode of the podcast to help challenge how we think about justice through the lens of atonement. Dr. Jeremy Treat is the pastor for preaching and vision at Reality LA in Los Angeles and adjunct professor of theology at Biola University. He also is the author of multiple books, including The Atonement: An Introduction.

“Atonement” refers to the reality that all barriers are removed to our reconciliation with God through the redemptive work of Christ on the cross.

So many of us who have a role in the foster care community care deeply about justice. In this conversation, Jeremy helps us think about atonement not just as something that has occurred between us and God, but something that carries implications for how we interact with our neighbors. Listen in as we explore the theology of atonement and how it should impact our pursuit of justice and compassion in our communities.


Justice is at the heart of the Gospel. But we often think of this work of justice as our idea. When we look at justice through the lens of atonement, we can see that we have a just God, who justifies His people, and then calls us into HIS work of pursuing justice in the world.

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We hope this episode has encouraged you as you think about practicing biblical justice and compassion together. That’s the goal! If so, will you tell others?

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Meet Our Guest

Jeremy Treat, PhD, is the pastor for preaching and vision at Reality LA in Los Angeles and adjunct professor of theology at Biola University. He is the author of Seek First: How the Kingdom of God Changes Everything, The Crucified King: Atonement and Kingdom in Biblical and Systematic Theology, and The Atonement: An Introduction. He and his wife, Tiffany, have four daughters and live in East Hollywood.

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