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Parables Book Study: “No Mercy, No Justice”
September 18, 2019 | 9:30 am – 11:00 am
An event every week that begins at 9:30am on Wednesday, repeating until November 20, 2019
Wednesdays, September 11 – November 20, 2019
No class October 23
9:30 – 11:00 am | Room 334 | Led by Rev. Phyllis Barren
Book available in Main Office for $30
Come and explore the parables through the lens of the book, No Mercy, No Justice, by our own Rev. Brooks Harrington. Led by Rev. Phyllis Barren, this class will take an in-depth look at the parables to see how Jesus interpreted justice and mercy. This class will focus on a different parable each week, so come when you can!
Contact: Rev. Phyllis Barren | firstname.lastname@example.org | 817-339-5082
No Mercy, No Justice by Rev. Brooks Harrington
How can we be just and merciful? Are justice and mercy in conflict? Or are they aspects of the same truth?
Christians in America are presented with two conflicting versions of justice and mercy.
One version comes from the dominant secular narrative of America. Justice and mercy are contradictions. Mercy is devalued and discouraged.
But within the counter-narrative of God revealed through Torah, the prophets, and particularly through the life and parables of Jesus, justice and mercy are aspects of the same truth and way of God. There is no justice without mercy. There is no mercy without justice.
In this book, Rev. Brooks Harrington draws on more than 42 years’ experience as a criminal prosecutor, a pastor of an inner-city church in an impoverished neighborhood, and the founder of a legal ministry protecting indigent victims of family violence and child neglect and abuse. Through moving stories of women and children he has encountered, he shows the terrible toll of the dominant narrative’s version of justice and mercy. And he offers Christians hope with new and startling insights into God’s justice and mercy revealed in the parables of Jesus.