Contributed by Mark Eberly on Mar 17, 2008
A family went to dine at a restaurant and the six-year-old boy was asked to say the blessing.
As they bowed their heads he said, “God is great. God is good. Thank you for this food. And I would even thank you more, God, if Mom bought us some ice cream after dinner with liberty and justice for
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 31, 2008
C.S. LEWIS ON THE LAW OF NATURE
"Whenever you find a man who says he does not believe in a real Right and Wrong, you will find the same man going back on this a moment later. He may break his promise to you, but if you try breaking one to him he will be complaining ‘It’s not fair’ before you can
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Jun 16, 2008
WHEN BEING GRACIOUS IS UNETHICAL
Sometimes people resent it when another is gracious, and sometimes graciousness can be unfair.
My brother-in-law Joel, worked hard to turn paper in on time. The teacher had said she would not extend the deadline. So he pulled an all-nighter and got it done,
Contributed by Mark Eberly on Jun 30, 2008
Let me share some examples. On my trip to Ireland, we visited Northern Ireland including a city called Londenderry. This was something because of the violence that tours would not have done ten years ago. The name of the town is significant because it became a symbol of people being marginalized.
Contributed by Bobby Scobey on Sep 11, 2008
Talk About Doing Good, or Do Good
In A Pretty Good Person, Lewis Smedes wrote:
A federal judge had ordered New Orleans to open its public school to African-American children. The white parents decided that, if they had to let black children in, they would keep their children out. They let
Contributed by Mark Eberly on Dec 3, 2008
One day, Horton the elephant hears a cry from help coming from a speck of dust. Even though he can’t see anyone on the speck, he decides to help it. As it turns out, the speck of dust is home to the Whos, who live in their city of Whoville. Horton agrees to help protect the
Contributed by Andy Payne on Jan 16, 2009
If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an elephant has his foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 12, 2009
PREVAILING UPON MERCY
R. C. Sproul tells the story of when he was a college professor. At the start of the semester, the class of about 150 students had three papers due, let’s say, at noon on October 1st, November 1st, and December 1st. The penalty for a late paper was a zero grade.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 12, 2009
TWO STORIES OF INJUSTICE
In 1984, James Ealy was convicted in the 1982 brutal murders of 33-year-old Christine Parker, her two children and one grandchild. Two years later, the Illinois Appellate Court overturned the conviction - even as justices acknowledged Ealy almost certainly was guilty.
Contributed by Steve Malone on Apr 7, 2001
Back in 1830 George Wilson was convicted of robbing the U.S. Mail and was sentenced to be hanged. President Andrew Jackson issued a pardon for Wilson, but he refused to accept it. The matter went to Chief Justice Marshall, who concluded that Wilson would have to be executed. "A pardon is a slip of
Story: A Korean Pastor told me this story some years ago, when he came to Switzerland.
In the 4th century AD in Korea a man had two sons. The elder rose to become Chief Justice in the land and the younger became an infamous bandit.
The elder brother loved his younger brother but was unable to
Contributed by Johnny Small on Mar 4, 2002
Pastor Neimoller a doctor in Nazi Germany wrote the following poem prior to World War II. It has a message that we need to consider today.
In Germany they first came for the Communists,
And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.
Then they came for the Jews,
And I didn’t speak up
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Oct 23, 2009
JUSTICE OR MERCY
A young lady who occasionally walked through the park after work, stopped to have her picture taken by a photographer on this particular day. She was very excited about her picture being taken. As she walked out of the park, she looked at the Polaroid picture in total amazement.
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Nov 19, 2009
Defense Lawyer’s Final Trick Back Fires
A defendant was on trial for murder in Oklahoma. There was strong evidence indicating guilt, but there was no body. In the defense’s closing statement the lawyer, knowing that his client would probably be convicted, resorted to a trick. "Ladies and gentlemen
Contributed by Jim Kane on Feb 28, 2010
"In my humble opinion, more mature Christians tend toward mercy as they develop. I loved the idea of Real Justice as a kid. Then I
Contributed by Noal Atkinson on Jul 8, 2010
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
Contributed by Andrew Moffatt on Feb 16, 2011
SPIRITUALITY AND JUSTICE
Quoting Major Campbell Roberts when he spoke at the launch of this TSMP goal,
"Two hungers are emerging, a hunger for - Spirituality and a hunger for – Justice. If we can live out and help another find a relationship with Jesus that energises them to live and act
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Apr 18, 2011
SADDUCEES' TRIAL METHODS
"Critics deny the accuracy of the description John gives. They cite the Mishnah requiring that trials be held in the daytime, that several days are required to try a capital crime, and that the accused not be directly questioned, among other details. However, exceptions
Contributed by Alison Bucklin on Jun 11, 2011
NOT MUCH OF A MAN...?
A weary truck driver who pulled his rig into an all-night truck stop late one summer evening in Broken Bow, NE. He was tired and hungry. The waitress had just served him when three tough looking, leather-jacketed bikers of the Hell's Angels type decided to give him a hard
Contributed by Brad Henry on Jul 25, 2011
When I was 8 years old my parents took me to see the Pittsburgh Pirates play in Forbes Field. As you know with me nothing is normal. Well a foul ball came and hit me in the leg. I went down to pick it up and a big guy cam over and wrestled the ball from me. OK, there wasn’t much