Violent men make the headlines daily, and many people consider those not on our side as worthy of banishment or death. God has called me and many here at Tierra Nueva to seek for, find, bind up, love, pray for and in various ways minister to violent men and women—both inside and outside jail. God is calling the entire church to reach out in love to violent men, and women too, inviting them into a life filled with adventure, love and meaning as agents of transformation in the company of Jesus.
Every week I have the privilege of seeing hardened, violent men
profoundly touched by God’s affectionate embrace. When people in our
weekly jail Bible studies come to truly realize God adores them, they
respond to God’s call and become disciples—often 12-15 at a time.
At McGill, as at Ottawa Collegiate, I was blessed with exceptional teachers. Stephen Leacock, head of the department of Economics and Political Science, was one of the most brilliant men I have ever known. He was an ardent conservative and fierce Canadian nationalist.
Political Science, then, deals with the state; it is, in short,as it is often termed, the “theory of the state.”
Stephen Leacock, Elements of Political Science (1906)