Beginning on June 6, 2016, I taught a two week course At Austin Graduate School of Theology entitled Ministry, Law and Social Justice in a Pluralistic Culture. The class met from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday Through Friday. There were twelve faithful students in the class who read the assigned readings and discussed the issues in class regarding faith and public policy in a Constitutional Democracy, after I had given a summary lecture on each subject. It was a remarkable time of praying, sharing, arguing, growing and loving. We spent over 40 hours together.
Our interaction was rooted in a conviction that God has done a work of redemption in us and that any disputable matter did not rise to the level of the redemptive work of God who had reconciled to himself and to each other, giving each of us his Spirit. Therefore, we had a family connection that made honesty, transparency and “iron sharpening iron” argument very redemptive and enlightening.