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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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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  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 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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by Bruce Strom “I swear before God not to reject, for any consideration personal to myself, the cause of the weak, the stranger, or the oppressed.” The oldest oath of the lawyer found in the Canton of Geneva. October 25-31 marks the 7th annual national pro bono celebration week.  The event is sponsored by the American…

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  By Bruce Strom I have twin sons, Daniel and Joseph, who are juniors in high school.  Daniel is president of the class and Joseph is vice-president of the school (yah, I’m proud).  This last week was homecoming week and each night we had a crew of kids out at our house building the homecoming…

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Last Friday I was in Oklahoma City speaking at one of our partnering gospel justice center’s annual fundraising breakfast.  Trinity Legal Clinic believes in “Answering God’s call to seek justice and mercy by providing legal services to the poor and needy.” I was moved at the breakfast by the story of John who showed up…

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As we enter holy week (the week between Palm Sunday and Easter) we often celebrate Jesus triumphal entry and then his unjust trial, crucifixion and resurrection.  But this excerpt from the book Gospel Justice shows the importance of what Jesus did on Monday when he cleared the temple of injustice.  He could not abide injustice,…

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With so many ministry opportunities in the world today, why consider establishing a gospel justice center in your church?  May I provide four quick ideas that might have a profound impact in your church and community? 1. The church has great opportunity to be known for what it is for in the world today instead…

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By J. Denise Arnold Pictured left to right:  Abigail (5), Eric, Denise and Jacob (6).  J. Denise Arnold obtained her Bachelor of Science from Bradley University in Peoria, IL and juris doctor from John Marshall Law School in Chicago, IL.  She practiced law for several years but today is happy to spend her time as…

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