A theory of jerks
Are you surrounded by fools? Are you the only reasonable person around? Then maybe you’re the one with the jerkitude, writes Eric Schwitzgebel in this humorous article exploring the theme of jerks, being judgmental, morality, etc.
I Gave Up Gossip for Lent
Dena Dyer shares her experience of giving up gossiping for lent, what it taught her about spiritual disciplines, and how it prepared her to be wowed by the resurrection story again.
The song "Murdered Son" by John Mark McMillan about the crucifixion, along with the image, The Lamentation over the Dead Christ, by Kehinde Wiley.
Murder of Ish-Bosheth
The head of Ish-Bosheth is brought before David. David orders Rechab and Baanah killed for murdering this son of Saul. Illustration by Pierre Eskrich (ca. 1550-ca. 1590)
Murder of Ish-Bosheth
The head of Ish-Bosheth is brought before David. David orders Rechab and Baanah killed for murdering this son of Saul
Ahab and Jezebel murder Naboth to get his property
Abuse of power requires the complicity of others who would rather tolerate injustice, even murder, than risk their own safety for the sake of their neighbors. This Theology of Work Project piece explores 1 Kings 21.
Art in Response to Murdering 4 Little Girls at Church
This resource both presents art (i.e., stained-glass art, an icon and two sculptures) in response to a murder involving four Black girls attending Sunday School and contains the song lyrics and music video for "Birmingham Sunday."
Getting Away with Murder: The True Story of the Emmett Till Case
In Matthew 22:36-40 we are instructed to love one another. Non-violent protests evince this selfless love just as much as the brutal murder of Emmett Till denies love.
Genesis, Creation, and Ancient Interpreters: Why Did Cain Murder his Brother?
Why did Cain kill Abel? What was it that “made” him do it? Pete Enns discusses some thoughts behind what led Cain to murder his own brother.
The Murder of the Landlord's Son
An engraving by John Sturt that depicts the tenants murdering the servants and son of the landowner (Mark 12:1-12).
Man Murders Former Classmate after Holding 50-Year Grudge
This is an illustration about a man who carried a petty grudge for fifty years and eventually committed murder over it. It is appropriate for Psalm 37:8; Ecclesiastes 7:9; Matthew 5:22, etc.
Man Finally Finds Meaning in His Father's Murder
A missionary was speared to death in the jungles of Ecuador. His son comes to find meaning in his father's murder thirty years later. This story illustrates God's sovereignty and power to use evil for good.
Full Text Hymns on Murder
O for a Thousand Tongues to SingPD
O Great God and Lord of the Earth©
Commit Your Way to God the LordPD
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Oldest Human Corpse Was a Murder Victim
This sermon illustration tells the story of the murder of the oldest corpse ever found. It focuses on the human propensity towards sin, relating to Matthew 5:9, Isaiah 2:4, Psalm 46:9, and other similar passages.
Adam Works the Earth and Cain Murders His Brother Abel
Expelled from the Garden of Eden, Adam must labor for his provision. Cain, Adam’s son, murders his brother Abel out of envy for the favor God showed toward Abel for his sacrifice
Murdered Florida Priest Appeals For Killer From Beyond The Grave
In a document signed almost two decades before his death, a priest pleads for his killer's forgiveness. A sermon illustration which profoundly exemplifies Christ's act on the cross.
The Sixth Commandment: Don’t Murder
This devotional on Exodus 20:13 considers the sixth commandment, suggesting that we treat all people with dignity, not only by not killing them, but also by speaking respectfully with them, even when we disagree.
Unholy Matrimony: A True Story of Murder and Obsession
This quote from "Unholy Matrimony: A True Story of Murder and Obsession" talks about the naiveness of the victim, Patricia Giesick. “...She thought massage parlors gave massages. She believed a bookmaker worked in a bindery..."
Murder of Ish-Bosheth
David recoils as Baanah and Rechab present the head of Saul’s son Ish-Bosheth
Moses in Midrash
Jason Byassee turns to the work of Bryna Jocheved Levy, a contemporary practitioner of the ancient Jewish practice of midrash, to better understand Moses' act of murdering an Egyptian in Exodus 2:11-14.
Charleston Murders Call for Deep Change in the Hearts of Christians
The defeat of racism requires deep change and deep change requires risk and fearless honesty. We must keep shining the light on the sin of racism that is too easily hidden by manners and passive aggression....