Although Justice Champion Penni McConnell has faced some challenges getting the San Joaquin Gospel Justice Center started, she will be the first to tell you it was worth it. “Anything I do for Jesus is worth it,” says Penni. Through it all, God never stopped calling her to the family business of justice and He…

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My friend Joe Abraham and I were in Lancaster, Pennsylvania this week exploring how to build justice community together.  Gospel Justice Initiative (GJI) establishes partnerships with local communities to run legal ministries that free people from legal burdens so they can flourish.  Doing justice through the law requires expertise and a team.  No one does justice…

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  by Bruce Strom This past week John Oliver shone a spotlight on the shadier side of the debt collection industry.  He demonstrated how easy it is to purchase old debt.  For $60,000 he bought $15M in unpaid medical debt which provided names, social security numbers and addresses to pursue collection.  Rather than collect, John…

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by Bruce D. Strom No joke.  This is the cover of November’s American Bar Association Journal.  While the article addresses fears relating to work performance, I think it applies with stronger force to pro bono.  Today also happens to be national “Love your Lawyer Day.”  I’m really not making this stuff up. In 2001 a…

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by Bruce Strom A couple of weeks ago, Helen and I were able to spend some time with Stephen and Belinda Bauman.  Stephen is President/CEO of World Relief and recently published a book titled Possible.  I highly recommend it.  The thesis of Stephen’s message is simple:  “With God all things are possible.” Sometimes we forget.…

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There is a tsunami coming.  Whether one agrees or disagrees with President Obama the church needs to prepare itself for how to respond to DAPA – the newly announced Deferred Action for Parental Accountability.  Here are three things the church can do now. 1.  Develop a theological response.  There are many voices speaking out on…

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By Eric Nelson Eric Nelson is Executive Director of Administer Justice, one of the leading Gospel Justice Centers.  Previously, he spent 21 years as a Directing Attorney with Pine Tree Legal Assistance in Maine.  Eric and his wife Lisa have 6 children and live in Elgin. There is no shortage of lawyer jokes.  Some are…

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By Bradley Merrill Thompson Brad is a shareholder in the Washington DC office of Epstein Becker Green. Although he works in Washington, he lives in Zionsville, Indiana and volunteers with the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic. In his spare time, Brad is an avid photographer who loves to document stories of justice. Saturday mornings, I volunteer…

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We all love heroes.  But true heroes do not don capes, leap buildings, have titanium claws, or sling webs.  True heroes often do ordinary, yet extraordinary work.  True heroes do not look for glory or dream of who will play them in the next summer blockbuster.  True heroes are humble servants who care more about…

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I have some wonderful friends – don’t act surprised.  Some strongly believe that people will not listen to your words, until they see your actions.  The heart of social justice is providing a platform from which we can model Christ love.  They appreciate St. Francis of Assisi’s comment – “Preach the gospel always and when…

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