Posts Tagged: justice

Daughters of Eve by Ty Gibson

Daughters of Eve

March 8, 2017 | Ty Gibson

Today is International Women’s Day.

As for me, I’m a “ladies man,” but not in the way you are familiar with the term.

My happiest childhood memories are of one summer with my grandmother, Eleanor, fishing, trapping critters, hiking up the rock piles around Phoenix (called “mountains”), and getting thrown by her into a fenced yard to fight my own personal bully “to the death” as she placed a $5 bet on me as the sure winner, with the bully’s mom, no less.

Stuff like that.

She was wonderful.

Her daughter, Laura Emily, was wonderful too. She raised four kids as a single mom, of which I was the oldest. This woman was a force of beauty and strength to be reckoned with. One time I watched with shock and delight as she jumped with her little body onto the back of a man nearly twice her size—my “new dad”—holding onto his neck with her left arm and punching him in the head with her right fist, screaming, “Don’t you …
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Ty Gibson

Co-Director
Light Bearers

A Wall Against Sexual Assault by Anneliese Wahlman

A Wall Against Sexual Assault

July 14, 2016 | Anneliese Wahlman

If righteous indignation were a tub of gasoline, then the recent Stanford sexual assault case has been the match. There’s nothing more infuriating than seeing someone suffer unfairly and justice go unserved, and this particular story has caused over a million people to explode in anger.1

In case you haven’t heard, on January 18, 2015, Brock Turner, a former Stanford student and athlete, was found assaulting an intoxicated, unconscious woman outside of a fraternity house on campus. When two young men, both grad students, saw and approached him, Turner ran, leaving the young woman lying half naked on the ground, as though she were a piece of garbage from behind the dumpster where he assaulted her. One of the students tended to the girl while the other caught Turner, who was also intoxicated, and held him till the police arrived. On June 2, 2016, a jury found Turner guilty of three felonies: “assault with the intent to commit rape, sexual penetration with a foreign object of an intoxicated person and …
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Anneliese Wahlman

Editorial Intern
Light Bearers

The Solidarity Project

The Solidarity Project

May 10, 2016 | Esther Hardy

The Solidarity Project took place on the University of Oregon’s campus from April 18th – 22nd, 2016. From the beginning of the ARISE internship, we intentionally set the goal to plan an event that would minister to the U of O community. The month of April is nationally recognized as Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Once we learned of SAAM, and that the U of O had a SAAM planning committee for events all throughout April, we saw this as a wonderful opportunity get on board and to share God’s love with the U of O student body and community.

The Solidarity Project was a wall that stood 8 feet tall and 12 feet long in the middle of the Memorial Quad on campus. The Memorial Quad is a central location on campus many students pass on their way to class. We painted the wall a matte gray and bought an array of acrylic paint-filled markers for the community to use to write upon the surface. The function of the …
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Esther Hardy

Intern
Light Bearers

Telos Love

Telos Love

December 29, 2014 | James Rafferty

From year to year certain Bible verses speak to me, becoming favorites. This year it’s John 13:1: “Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour was come that He should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved His own which were in the world, He loved them unto the end.”

It’s the last phrase that grabs the heart—“He loved them unto the end!” The Greek word for “end” is telos meaning end or toll. Telos love is an enduring, toll-paying love.

In several places, like Revelation 22:13, the word “telos” is used to describe the actual character of Jesus: “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end (telos).” The Bible has several significant applications for the word “telos,” all linked to Jesus’ character of love—“telos love.”

For example, the word telos describes endurance. “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. But he that shall endure unto the end (telos), the same shall be saved” (Matthew …
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James Rafferty

Co-Director
Light Bearers

Keep Your Sacrifices, Give Me Justice

September 24, 2012 | Jeffrey Rosario

A BLOG SERIES EXPLORING THE THEME OF JUSTICE IN THE BIBLICAL NARRATIVE AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR THE CHURCH.

What we’ve covered so far: In Part 1 , many of the attacks against the Old Testament have overlooked the fact that the Old Testament is the most beautiful expression of justice in all of antiquity. According to Jesus, a responsible reading of the Old Testament would produce people who are sensitive to the hurts and needs of others and are committed to making society a better place. In Part 2 , God is a God of justice, it’s a reflection of His character. Darwinism does not provide the necessary grounds for equal rights and justice, we need Genesis for that. To disregard the Old Testament teaching of humanity while maintaining a belief in equal human rights is a contradiction. In Part 3 , the Hebrews are the first people in recorded history to provide a vision for the purpose and value of humanity. That vision had massive implications for social justice. That vision with its implications continues to challenge modern …
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Jeffrey Rosario

Speaker
Light Bearers

Abraham: Father of Justice

June 21, 2012 | Jeffrey Rosario

A BLOG SERIES EXPLORING THE THEME OF JUSTICE IN THE BIBLICAL NARRATIVE AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR THE CHURCH.

THE ABRAHAMIC INNOVATION

Historian Thomas Cahill has pointed out that “to appreciate the Bible properly, we cannot begin with it.”1

I think he’s on to something. It’s too easy to take for granted the way we think about reality and even how we feel about the world. It’s helpful to take a step back and think about where our most basic assumptions come from in order to better appreciate the significant contributions of the biblical worldview.

The backdrop in which the biblical narrative unfolds is a world of primitive paganism in which our present views of time, history, and the value of the individual would be completely alien. In the ancient world of Mesopotamia2, ‘the cradle of civilization’, reality was understood in connection with the Great Wheel, which is why we keep finding figures of wheels in the early art and tablets discovered in the area.

This ‘Wheel’ represented the idea that everything …
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Jeffrey Rosario

Speaker
Light Bearers

Just Justifying Justice

June 5, 2012 | Jeffrey Rosario

A BLOG SERIES EXPLORING THE THEME OF JUSTICE IN THE BIBLICAL NARRATIVE AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR THE CHURCH.

IT’S WHO HE IS

God is a God of justice. It’s not optional to the divine identity, it’s integral to who He is.

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne. . .  —Psalm 89:14; 97:2 

He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He. —Deuteronomy 32:4

This is why God’s heart aches when people become victims of oppression:

when the helpless are exploited,

when basic human rights are violated.

It’s not that God merely ‘feels sorry’ for them, but as Walter Brueggemann styled it, God experiences an “emotional upheaval in His guts.” Injustice, the distortion of human relations, is against His essence and contrary to His government.

This is the God that the Old Testament presents. There’s a difference between knowing about this God and actually knowing Him. And it’s not possible to …
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Jeffrey Rosario

Speaker
Light Bearers

Justice and the Old Testament

May 23, 2012 | Jeffrey Rosario

A BLOG SERIES EXPLORING THE THEME OF JUSTICE IN THE BIBLICAL NARRATIVE AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR THE CHURCH.

“The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously malevolent bully.” 1

You’ll need a dictionary for that one. That’s classic Richard Dawkins, the leading atheism crusader of our time. Yet it’s just a taste of the venom he has for the Old Testament, which he claims encourages “a system of morals which any civilized modern person, whether religious or not, would find. . . obnoxious.” 2 In fact, he’s declared that most of the Bible is “just plain weird.” 3

I won’t get into the specific accusations and condemnatory labels here4, but Dawkins actually believes that the Old Testament contains dangerous ideas that, if taken seriously, will lead people to wrong conclusions, and in turn, wrong actions.

But why …
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Jeffrey Rosario

Speaker
Light Bearers

And Justice For All?

May 17, 2012 | Gabriel Reed

I remember back in elementary school having to stand up in class (while still groggy and half asleep) to recite these words:

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

I never really gave much thought to these words but these days, “justice for all” is taking on a great meaning for me. When I think about justice, my mind usually goes straight to the Jesus’ mission found in Isaiah 61: “To heal the brokenhearted, and set the captives free…” Ever since I was a child, I’ve resonated with the principle of justice in the context of defending the broken, the needy, the poor and the abused.

I wanted to do something about the injustice.

I wanted to contribute.

I wanted to change things!

I wanted to be like Superman who stood for truth and justice.

I sensed God offering us a chance to trust Him more …
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Gabriel Reed

Gospel Intern
ARISE

The Road to Traffik

March 2, 2012 | Jeffrey Rosario

I live fifteen minutes from the highway to hell.

I’m talking about Interstate 5. Many of us know it simply as “I-5,” or the Pacific Highway. It runs like a vein up and down the west coast connecting Seattle and Los Angeles. That stretch yields some beautiful scenery. But it’s also a major hub for one of the most wicked evils imaginable: sex trafficking.

As a global enterprise, it’s the second largest criminal industry in the world today, and the fastest growing.

Approximately 80 percent of victims are girls and women, and up to 50 percent are minors.

The total revenue for human trafficking is estimated to be in excess of $32 billion.

Today there are 28 million slaves in the world. That’s more than any other time in history. More than the entire 400-year course of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.

Something deep within wants to cry out for justice. Somehow, someway.

But all this sounds like the kind of stuff that happens in India or Africa or Southeast Asia. …
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Jeffrey Rosario

Speaker
Light Bearers