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Sermon for February 12, 2012

Principles of Spiritual Activism: Double Justice

“Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue, so that you may live and occupy the land that the Lord your God is giving you." Deuteronomy. 16:20

I just read a story from the newspaper in Salem, Massachusetts. Jan 4, 2012. Headline: Mother asks police to arrest her squabbling children. When police arrived, the mother lamented that her five children were fighting all day. The mother couldn’t stand the bickering, so she went out for a while to run a few errands. While she was away, her oldest son, a 15-year-old, punched his 8-year-old sister in the arm. That provoked an intervention from the 16-year-old daughter, trying to protect her sister. When asked what she felt the Police Department could do to assist her with the issues she's having as a parent, the mother replied, "I want them both out of here." According to the report, she then asked to have the brother and sister arrested.

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Sermon for February 5, 2012

Principles of Spiritual Activism: Speaking truth to Power

The apostles were performing many miraculous signs and wonders among the people. And all the believers were meeting regularly at the Temple in the area known as Solomon’s Colonnade. But no one else dared to join them, even though all the people had high regard for them. Yet more and more people believed and were brought to the Lord—crowds of both men and women. As a result of the apostles’ work, sick people were brought out into the streets on beds and mats so that Peter’s shadow might fall across some of them as he went by. Crowds came from the villages around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those possessed by evil spirits, and they were all healed. The high priest and his officials, who were Sadducees, were filled with jealousy. They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail. But an angel of the Lord came at night, opened the gates of the jail, and brought them out. Then he told them, “Go to the Temple and give …