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Earl Palmer, in a fine little book entitled The Enormous Exception, tells the story of a pre-med student at the University of California, Berkeley "who became a Christian after a long journey through doubts and questions." When Palmer asked the young man why he had chosen Jesus Christ, he answered that what had "tipped the scales" in his spiritual journey were the actions of a classmate who happened to be a Christian.

During the previous term the premed student had been very ill with the flu and, as a result had missed ten days of school. "Without any fanfare or complaints," his Christian classmate carefully collected all his class assignments and took time away from his own studies to help him catch up.

The premed student told Palmer, "You know, this kind of thing just isn’t done. I wanted to...

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