A collection of inspirational videos and text featuring America’s finest religious thinkers, stories of personal faith, and reflections on spiritual topics, gathered from television broadcasts of 30 Good Minutes, a weekly multifaith program in Chicago.
In his message, What’s Right, United Methodist Bishop, William Willimon, says the Bible's concept of justice is about putting things right in this fallen world. When God's ideas of gracious, generous love clash with our practices of parsimony, we need to recognize that God's ways are not always our ways.
This archived 30 Good Minutes program was first broadcast in December 2006.
The Rev. Dr. William Willimon is Bishop for the United Methodist Church in the Birmingham, Alabama area. For twenty years he was Dean of the Chapel and Professor of Christian Ministry at Duke University. He’s the author of more than 60 books and in 1996 an international survey conducted by Baylor University named him one of the “Twelve Most Effective Preachers” in the English-speaking world.
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Hosts Daniel Pawlus and Lydia Talbot in conversation with William Willimon, who says the Bible gives the poor the dignity of being special objects of concern, and the rich, Jesus says, have special responsibilities because of the gifts they've enjoyed.
The events of 9/11 were deeply troubling for Malik Mujahid and personally painful. He and his community were suddenly perceived as terrorists. They want the world to know that peace is the primary characteristic of the Muslim faith – that we are not enemies, but neighbors.
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Reflection on God’s Way of Justice by Vicki Gavey
A friend of mine was sitting with his 4 year old one day shortly before dinner. On the counter was a bag of dried apples chips, which the 4 year old was eyeing with obvious interest. "Dinner soon. No chips for you," the Dad said. But they looked so enticing. So the little girl reached up and…she hadn't realized that the bag was already open. Apple chips everywhere, and a four year old with trembling lip and dread in her eyes.
My friend stiffened. He could feel the anger, but he paused and said: "I know you didn't mean to spill them... Okay, then." And the two of them bent together to clean up the mess. And his daughter started kissing his head. Pick up an apple chip, kiss daddy. Pick up another apple chip, kiss daddy. There's justice and then there's justice. Reminds me of the prodigal parent of gospel fame. And that fellow who recommended forgiving 70 times 7.
A short clip from the documentary series, featuring St. Leonard's Ministries.
Our first episode of the documentary series, which explores how faith communities are helping to break the cycle of incarceration here in the Windy City.