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I don’t know a lot about Justin, but here are a few things that I do know. Justin is from Milwaukee. He’s black. He’s been in prison for almost six years. And by the grace of God, Justin is a Christian.   Now, Justin wasn’t always a Christian. Not too long ago in fact, Justin had been searching for peace with God...
I had seen her before during a different stay at the jail, but I was never quite sure how to take her lighthearted attitude and silly comments. Women in the jail are dealing with a lot of issues. Some of the women are taxed physically, as they are detoxing and withdrawing from drugs and other addictions. Their usual coping tools are not available...
Michael was annoyed with a preacher. Not with me, at least not this time: his annoyance was with a pastor he’d heard at the prison worship services recently, and, at least from Michael’s viewpoint, was judgmental and divisive. What Michael heard the preacher proclaim was that the prison inmates were all in a different category from the...
"Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you...
“Two steps forward and one step backward.” It’s an old saying that is used to convey a lack of progress toward a goal. And sometimes, it seems to apply to Gospel ministry.   About four years ago, Kyle was incarcerated in a county jail. Once there, he quickly acquired a Bible and began attending a WELS Bible study. A...
At the Grace Oasis recovery support group one evening we were discussing how we could bring our resentments and conflicts to God rather than let those things consume us and drive us to relapse. One of the guys in the group raised an objection: “Isn’t God supposed to be all-powerful? Then how come he doesn’t stop conflicts and...