When the beating of your heart Echoes the beating of the drums..

Last week I watched Les Mis for the first time. I’ve heard of the story but had never seen any of the film or play productions. I will say I was impressed. I thought it was a great story.  The music is what got me. I felt it to be inspiring in many ways, and making the story that much more influential. There were many great songs, and lines in the songs that I thought were pretty powerful.  One of the lines comes from the song, “The People’s song” it is as follows:“Do you hear the people sing … [Read more...]

Moving to Sin City

After 3 years in Wyoming, the Henrichsen clan will be moving to Las Vegas! My wife has accepted an elementary school teaching position there.Pretty much everything has fallen apart for us here and we are super excited about starting over.I will continue to blog and I will be continuing my position as Faith and Social Justice Director with Independence Rock Group: Center to Faith, Ethics, and Social Justice.We will be going from a state with about 530,000 people to a county (Clark … [Read more...]

New Comments Format

Patheos has switch over to using Disqus for the comment section at Approaching Justice and other blogs here at Patheos.com. I am hoping that it will allow for more interaction here at Approaching Justice. In particular, this new format will allow you to receive email notifications about follow up comments.Comments from the last few weeks may not be appearing at time...but they will be.Go try out the new format today. Leave a comment! :)Thanks. Find the Approaching … [Read more...]

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Please connect with Approaching Justice via Facebook or Twitter.I am hoping to build up the Approaching Justice Facebook Page. Please re-tweet or share any posts that you like or loathe. Bring your friends, family, and foes into the conversation!Thanks!Find the Approaching Justice Facebook Page here. Go "like" it!Find the Approaching Justice Twitter feed here. … [Read more...]

Elizabeth Smart: Children should be educated that “you will always have value and nothing can change that.”

Elizabeth Smart, the rescued kidknapping victim who has gone on to serve an LDS mission and graduate from BYU, is now heading a foundation which advocates for victims of sex crimes.She recently spoke at Johns Hopkins University and the Christian Science Monitor reported the following: Rescued kidnapping victim Elizabeth Smart said Wednesday she understands why some human trafficking victimsdon't run.Smart said she "felt so dirty and so filthy" after she was raped by her captor, and she … [Read more...]

“Your Anger is a Gift”

A prophet once said, "Your anger is a gift."That prophet was Zack De La Rocha.http://youtu.be/H_vQt_v8JmwIn this age of incivility, many crave civility as an ends in itself.However, civility is a situational virtue. In many ways, civility is a bourgeois virtue. It protects the powerful and the comfortable, because uncivil behavior is a threat to them most of all.Do not agitate. Do not criticize. It is not civil and nice. Martin Luther King's Letter for Birmingham Jail was a response to … [Read more...]

Matthew 5:43-48 (Love Your Enemies)

I have been pondering a good bit lately about what it means to "love your enemies." I am going to post about regularly over the next month or two.Today, I just want to share share Matthew 5:43-48. Below are those verses from three different English translations.Matthew 5:43-48 (KJV)> Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them … [Read more...]