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Season 3, Episode 51: Repeat Offenders: If Only They Were Still Inmates

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Early release programs for convicted felons are controversial, and always have been. It’s a delicate balance to try to alleviate prison overcrowding yet keep the public safe. Marshall Ratliff, Henry Helms, and Robert Hill had all served time in Texas’ Huntsville Prison. If they hadn’t all been given what the public felt were light sentences with early release, would those who died during the Santa Claus Bank Robbery have lived full lives?

We are in our third week of investigating A.C. Greene’s book “The Santa Claus Bank Robbery.” If you missed the first two episodes, check todays show notes for links to get you caught up. Let’s dive back into this case, then see what we can learn from John 8:1-11:

Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.

“Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”

They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.

When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”

 “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”

 

This story has always fascinated me. We will use it to find another way we can each be a #personofimpact.

If you missed the last two episodes, it’s not too late to catch up!

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Season 3, Episode 50: All I Want for Christmas is You...Not to be In Jail

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