Search ResultsHistory of Hymns: “Mothering God, You Gave Me Birth” This offers background and commentary on the Jean Wiebe Janzen (b. 1933) hymn, "Mothering God, You Gave Me Birth" The inspiration for the text comes from the 14th-century mystic, Julian of Norwich. Extravagant Holiness Alyce McKenzie reflects on Jesus' anointing at Bethany (Mark 14:1-15) as "a beautiful act that is bracketed by brutality." McKenzie contrasts Mark's account with similar stories in Matthew, Luke, and John. Intolerable Cruelty: Still Not Satisfied A clip from Intolerable Cruelty dealing with the problem of dissatisfaction after winning a huge divorce settlement. Intolerable Cruelty: Love Is Good A clip from Intolerable Cruelty, a movie about divorce and longing. Miles, the leading man, gives an impromptu speech on the power and beauty of love. Remembrance Day Prayer A prayer of confession and commitment suitable for use on Remembrance Day. In this prayer grandstand atrocities are remembered but these things are not to make us blind to the cruelties that we commit. Holy Innocents The Holy Innocents silently remind us of another reality where tyranny does not reign and of a King who rules by love and whose kingdom cannot be defeated by cruelty. A devotional on Matthew 2:13-18. Facemashing Christianity Carol Howard Merritt shares her experience of the Christian "Facemash," a social media site comparing pastors and church celebrities, and its cruelty in this blog entry. Intolerable Cruelty: I'll Take The Case In this clip from Intolerable Cruelty, divorce attorney, Miles Massey (George Clooney), misconstrues the facts to support his client’s case, perhaps providing mature sermon illustration material about perspective, dishonesty, and business. Full Text Hymns on Cruelty Whatever story of their crueltyPD
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See more hymns... Love's Broad Concerns I Corinthians 13 presents a blueprint for teaching children the meaning of love and preparing them for a world full of violence, cruelty, death, and suffering. Prophecy of Oded Oded prophecies against the Samarian hosts for their cruelty. Old men, women, and children walk in chains before the army. Engraved by Bauvais from the design of Bernard Picart (1673-1733) The Sins of Oppression and Cruelty William Wilberforce's quote notes the emphasis on justice in scripture, illustrating Ezekiel 16:49 and Amos 2:6-7. Kofi Annan Faces Evil A sermon illustration that grapples with the presence of evil in the world and the cruelty of people toward each other. It includes quotes from United Nations leader Kofi Annan, who travels to places experiencing violence.... Cruelty in Hospital Discharge Sparks Outrage A story of cruel treatment of a vulnerable person can be used to illustrate Jesus' teaching about caring for needy persons (Matthew 25:31-46). Perfectionism Gone Awry ... can become a vice. Prudence creates niggardliness; honesty, cruelty; self-respect, vainglory; knowledge, condescension; justice, heartlessness; temperance, aridity ...