hope sunday

No matter how dark the night, dawn comes.  On Sunday, dawn found four women making their way to the tomb.  Mk. 16:1, Lk. 24:10.  The guards froze like dead men as the earth shook and an angel broke the seal to roll away the stone.  Mt. 28: 1-4.  The women ran to tell the disciples…

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forgive

  How did this happen?  Last week they were fighting over who would sit at Jesus right and left hands in his Kingdom.  Mt. 20:20-21.  The triumphal entry on Sunday made them believe the Kingdom was at hand.  No one could stop Jesus.  He cleared the temple of injustice on Monday.  On Tuesday, he was…

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prayer

  I spoke Wednesday at Christian Business Fellowship on the role of prayer in business.  The presentation arose from a discussion among business leaders.  Many lived in the divided world of choice A , others wrestled with the amount of overlap in choice B.  I said the answer was C.  Prayer is not part of…

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samaritan

Last Sunday I spoke at Ebenezer Christian Reform Church in Berwyn, a neighborhood of Chicago.  I shared 3 startling insights that will make you rethink the Good Samaritan.  The insights prompted my writing the book Gospel Justice. Startling Insight #1:  The Good Samaritan is about the Gospel I grew up in Sunday School.  I’m so…

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GRACIE MURPHREE, JUSTICE CHAMPION Justice Champion Robin Gracie Travis-Murphree was asked so often how she survived the trials of her life that her answer, “By the grace of God”, led to the name by which she is now known: Gracie. The Lord confirmed this change through 1 Corinthians 15:10 and 1 Timothy 1:12. Gracie will tell you…

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Sarah Sullivan is the President and CEO of Jericho Road Legal Services Ministry, a Christian legal aid based in Saint Johns, Florida.  She became aware of the unmet need in her community while working as a clinical professor at Florida Coastal School of Law. Moved by her pastor’s challenge to live out her faith seven…

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The Devil is described as ‘the Father of Lies’ (Jn. 8:44).  And we are told, ‘to those who have been given much, much will be demanded’ (Lk 12:48).  So we should not be surprised at the pervasive lie that lawyers are power-hungry sharks incapable of faith and concern for the poor.  Many lawyers buy into…

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progressives

I have many progressive Christian friends.  They frequently decry Christian evangelicals who align politically on the right.  Politics and power are driving forces instead of faith, they claim.  I am a conservative Christian evangelical and frequently agree with the criticism, but too often progressives are equally guilty. The Challenge for Christian Progressives Christian Progressives are…

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special agent

Lawyers are special agents of justice.  Our very title – “esquire” – means “shield bearer” – one who is called to protect the vulnerable.  From the time of Magna Charta to our present rules of professional responsibility, we are agents of justice standing in the gap on behalf of the poor. What an opportunity! You…

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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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