Initiative

I am excited to announce the successful completion of Gospel Justice Initiative.  In the days ahead we will be changing our web site and materials to reflect our decision to now use the name Administer Justice. The Initiative Succeeded! Webster defines initiative as “an introductory step, introductory, preliminary.”  In 2011 John Robb (left) and I…

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heart

I was going to be a super hero and change the world.  How about you?  The problem is we become the hero.  Our cape is that of a Pharisee.  Maybe you can identify with my struggle as a recovering pharisee and my journey toward justice. The Heart of a Pharisee The heart of a Pharisee…

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love

Valentine’s Day is around the corner.  The day celebrates love, but what is love?  Exploring the answer to that simple question will compel action and help us understand how to see churches restore love of neighbor through justice. Love is more than chocolate Millions of dollars in chocolate is sold at Valentine’s Day.  Is that…

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immigration orders

This week the Department of Homeland Security released fact sheets, Q&A’s, and implementation memorandum for the President’s Executive Order issued January 25 entitled, “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States.”   Let’s examine what all these documents say, the possible impact, and how people of faith can respond. What the President’s immigration orders…

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legacy impact

Do you believe you were meant for something bigger?  Maybe not grand famous things, but something of significance and lasting value.  I believe the Creator of the Universe created you for such a purpose.  Let me show you one way to have legacy impact through legal ministry. “Do you miss it?” The question caught me…

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  by Bruce Strom Zombie foreclosures impact individuals and communities.  If you know someone going through foreclosure or are aware of any vacant property in your community, then this information may be helpful to you.  Here are three things to know and two things you can do to help. What are zombie foreclosures? If the…

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by Bruce Strom This Monday we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day.  We are right to honor a man who demonstrated that greater love has no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.  Dr. King bore no hate toward anyone.  He looked not to his own interest but to…

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This week PBS aired a special news report on Medical-Legal Partnerships.   The report demonstrates how the medical profession went from seeing lawyers as adversaries to viewing them as partners.  What prompted the change? Despite what some people think of doctors, most genuinely care about patients.  Doctors and health professionals began to realize that their patients…

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A recent study conducted by the American Bar Foundation and University of Illinois interviewed a large, random group of people in a Midwest city over a period of 18 months.  They discovered that two-thirds (66%) of adults experienced at least one of 12 different categories of civil justice situations including employment, money (finances, government benefits,…

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By Matthew Schmidt.  Matt is a summer intern at Gospel Justice Initiative.  He is entering his senior year at Loyola University in Chicago.  He plans on attending law school after graduation. During my time as an intern for Gospel Justice Initiative, I have heard many stories about the positive effects of justice. And I have…

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