Tag Archives: Justice

Merciful or Just: How Do I Love Like Christ?

Nehemiah 5 raises the issue of the Israelites falling back into their old, sinful ways as they continue to take advantage of the poor through taxation and manipulation even after Jeremiah and Micah specifically addressed and condemned these issues. We … more »

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The With-ness of God

Around 6th grade, my family bubble wrapped and boxed everything we owned of great value and absolute necessity. We were making our way across the Red Sea. The Moses in my mother shared the revelation of the promised land just … more »

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I am Able. But, Am I Willing?

Over the last few months I have been faced with a question that continues to occupy my mind and my prayers. Why is it that Christians are not just bad to others but bad to each other? I don’t believe that … more »

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The Cries of the Needy

The interaction between the weak and the strong that is presented in Nehemiah 5 provides a model for the way that those with power should treat those without it. This discussion comes at an interesting time for us as Americans, … more »

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Even Proximate Justice Is Hard to Find

Proximate justice, one more time. I walked into a familiar classroom this morning, one where I spent many hours over many years. And as I prepared to begin, I saw an essay I had written some years ago, “Making Peace … more »

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Missio on Genesis 1: How Reading is Fundamental to Fulfilling the Cultural Mandate Today

To dwell in theory and abstraction serves as one of Christianity’s most tempting and crippling sins. Thinking is easy; working is hard. As the insightful Don Chaffer sings, we are far too often “long on diagnosis and short on cure.” … more »

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Missio on Justice (Acts 16:16-40): Getting to the Root

Italian philosopher and writer Niccolò Machiavelli once stated, “The reason there will be no change is because the people who stand to lose from change have all the power, and the people that stand to gain from change have none … more »

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Missio on Justice (Acts 16:16-40): A Broken System

A defined code of law is a staple of what most people would consider a “modern society.” Every American student learns in their first serious world history lesson about Hammurabi’s Code from Babylon. “An eye for an eye and a tooth … more »

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Missio on Justice (Acts 16:16-40): A Sacrifice Worth Making

Acts 16 shows an extraordinary example of God’s sovereignty reigning over the power of men. Yet it is easy to misconstrue that sovereignty in this story. As Paul and Silas cast out a demon from a fortune-teller, her owners realize … more »

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Missio on Just Economics: Angry

Nehemiah got angry. He got angry when he heard the outcry and words of the people. Often in Christian circles, anger is seen as a sinful emotion. Sometimes it seems that any emotion outside of joy, happiness, and trust is … more »

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