What happens when the Church does Justice?

I love the church. Unfortunately, today those words are as well received as saying I love lawyers. Why? For many, both groups are viewed as apathetic to the needs of the poor and vulnerable. What if we could change that perception? What happens when the church does justice? Where is the church? The pandemic was…

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Why Justice Needs to be a Team Sport

When I was in school, I ran track. Track is not a team sport. I was part of a team, but I ran on my own. Justice in America is too much like that. Instead of coming alongside someone facing injustice, we point to the starting line and tell them to start running. Justice as…

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Why does the heart of every mom beat for justice?


Admit it moms. Someone does something unfair to your child and you turn into a super hero. It’s true. Inside the heart of every mom is a natural desire to do justice.  I’m convinced God put it there. Mother’s Day I admire moms. The best multi-taskers on the planet, you have amazing capacity to care…

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Can good works of justice save you?


As we approach Easter, the question of whether good works of justice save you is worth exploring. A story Jesus told on Tuesday of Holy Week helps frame the question: The story of two sons 28 “What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son,…

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Is God’s Justice best understood to punish or restore?

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Is God’s justice best understood to punish or restore?  The question is significant.  How we view justice has a direct impact on how we do justice.  Which is it?  Is a Biblical view of justice best described as retributive or restorative? God’s justice recognizes God is judge Those who believe the Bible is about punishment…

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What will YOU do to Open the Gates of Justice?

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Do you believe Micah 6:8?  “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to DO JUSTICE, LOVE KINDNESS, and to WALK HUMBLY with your God.”  On Friday, October 19, 564 registered guest gathered at STRONGER to live out Micah 6:8.  Here’s how you can join…

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5 Powerful Justice Lessons from a Pioneering Hero

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February is Black History month.  I began February with a pioneering hero, Dr. John Perkins, who at 87 is a living legend of what gospel justice means.  Here are five lessons from my conversation and his amazing book, Let Justice Roll Down. Lesson One:  Black Lives Matter John Perkins was born in rural Mississippi in…

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Is Jesus daring condemnation of lawyers still true today?

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The New Testament references teachers of the law at least 63 times – none positively.  Matthew 23 records seven daring condemnations of these lawyers including, “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites!  You give a tenth of your spices – mint, dill and cumin.  But you have neglected the more important…

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How to Courageously Advance Justice for Children


Your blood should boil when you see children neglected and abused.  That same anger should be directed at the courts and congress who far too often do the same.  Here is guidance on how to courageously advance justice for children. 1. Be a good neighbor. 13 malnourished children were chained in a home in California. …

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How can a Just God allow the Las Vegas tragedy?


This past week we all felt the tragedy of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.  When the shots stopped reigning down from a Las Vegas hotel on concert goers, 59 people were dead and 527 injured.   As we seek to ascribe a motive to the gunman, many seek to ascribe a motive to God. …

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