incarcerated neighbors

Incarcerated neighbors need our help.  Their plight impacts us all.  Our mandatory sentencing laws have created a mass incarceration system that cost each one of us about $260 a year.  We are paying $80 billion dollars to lock up significant numbers of non-violent offenders.  That does not include the cost of local jails which cycle…

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We are taking a justice look at Christmas Classics.  We’ve looked at Miracle on 34th Street, The Santa Clause, A Christmas Carol, and now look at The Nativity Story.  The story surrounding Jesus birth.  Here are three amazing justice lessons from the nativity. Lesson 1:  God chooses unlikely people and places. Seriously.  Who would leave everything to enter…

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scrooge

We are taking a justice look at Christmas Classics.  We’ve looked at Miracle on 34th Street and The Santa Clause.  Arguably the best known Christmas Classic is Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.  Scrooge became so popular his name entered the dictionary as a mean or miserly person.  Scrooge is a story of transformation set in…

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We are taking a justice look at Christmas classics.  Last week we looked at 3 absolutely wonderful lessons from Miracle on 34th Street.  This week we look at The Santa Clause.  Have you seen the 1994 movie classic starring Tim Allen as Santa?  The movie is classic Tim Allen humor but behind the humor lies…

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Let me share 3 absolutely wonderful lessons from Miracle on 34th Street.  Share yours.  I’m certain we are all familiar with the story.  Personally I prefer the original 1947 version, but the 1994 remake shares these three lessons as well. Lesson 1:  The meaning of Christmas found in a Miracle on 34th Street From the…

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thankful

Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful.  We can thank the author of Mary had a little lamb for persuading Abraham Lincoln to establish the national holiday in 1863.  Lincoln understood the power of giving thanks in the midst of our nation’s darkest hour – the civil war.  The Bible tells us to “Give thanks…

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domestic violence

October is domestic violence awareness month which provides opportunity to explore how we can combat the danger of domestic violence. Meet Joy. I think you know her. She’s quiet, polite, and really nice. She doesn’t contribute many of her own thoughts but is quick to serve you. She’d like to join in activities but her…

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The Income and Poverty in the United States annual report was released last week.  59 pages of census numbers and charts.   Probably not surprising that news outlets read the one page summary and not the entire report.  The summary was accurate and the report is good news. Median household income rose by 5.2% making…

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by Bruce Strom I am outraged over the continued sexual violence toward women.  From sexual harassment to rape to domestic violence to trafficking, it must be stopped.  Here are three powerful ways to combat sexual violence toward women. Power – Recognize the problem This isn’t about sex.  It’s about power.  Perpetrators are overwhelmingly male (99%)…

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by Bruce Strom “Being a father is a difficult and thankless job.” “Today it is harder than ever to be a father.”  Have you heard those statements?  Honestly, I disagree with them. I think we overcomplicate fatherhood in the same way we overcomplicate life.  Our society pulls in so many directions that I know many…

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