Have you ever thought of Jesus as a lawyer?
It may sound odd, but at times in His ministry, Jesus wore his lawyer hat. When he defended the adulterous woman, when he argued from Scripture that the disciples were fine to pick grain on the Sabbath, and in other instances, Jesus insightfully applied to uphold justice and promote goodwill.
The legal aspects of Jesus’ ministry have long been obscured or misunderstood, particularly his interactions with and attitude toward the law and lawyers. Jesus’ desire in his day and ours is to use the law to secure the rights of people to hear the gospel and to set humanity free. In other words, to be the best citizens we can be, we need to follow in the footsteps of the greatest citizen who ever lived.
Jesus in the Courtroom covers topics like:
- Why we should care about the law
- Strategic involvement with the law
- How God has used the law to expand His kingdom
- What can happen when we partner with legal professionals
- How citizenship is part of discipleship
- Christian citizenship in matters like adoption, abortion, minimum wage, foster care, and schools
We are citizens of two kingdoms, but many of us duck and run when it comes to civil life. For anyone who cares about their community—parents, teachers, pastors, you name it—engagement with our legal system can play a huge role in the health of our communities and in cultivating a context where the gospel can flourish.
Jesus in the Courtroom will help us understand not only why we have failed to appreciate the legal aspect of Jesus’ life, but also to understand and cooperate with his legal ministry to us and through us. If we are going to be faithful “citizen disciples” in this challenging new world, we need to look anew at how Jesus taught, thought, and interacted with the legal establishment of his day.
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About the Author
JOHN MAUCK, an attorney for 30 years, is a founding partner at Mauck & Baker, LLC in Chicago. He is an Allied Attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom and was a board member of Christian Legal Society. John received his B.A. from Yale and his Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago. He and his wife of 40 years have four adult children and are active church members. John also wrote Paul on Trial: The Book of Acts as a Defense of Christianity, which was a finalist for the Evangelical Book of the Year.
Table of Contents
1 Woe to You Lawyers? 17
2 Turning Hearts toward God's Law-and Gods Lawyers 35
3 Legal Advances through Wonderful Counselor Jesus 57
4 God's Special People 83
5 Our Future 117
Appendix A A Special Note to Pastors 133
Appendix B Christian Legal Organizations 137
Appendix C Additional Spiritual Resources 139
About the Author 149
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A Look a Jesus and the Law John W. Mauck, JD in Jesus In The Court Room, expertly shows the relationship between Jesus and the law. The reader will learn how God uses the law to teach his people to love him and each other. The author uses numerous present time examples that illustrate the concepts being taught and supports each one with biblical verse. We give it 5 Stars!
[Note: This book was provided free of charge by Moody Publishers. All thoughts and opinions are my own.] Although I am not a lawyer by education and training, I have long had an interest in the connection between the Bible (and the people of the Bible) and law . When I started reading this book I was a bit concerned that the author would be too politically correct, but much to my pleasure that proved not to be the case. To be sure, this book does not show equal respect for all types of law with regards to Christians and the courtrooms, as there are at least a few comments that suggest that the authors do not take the issue of illegal immigration all that seriously as a societal problem that Christians should be concerned about, but in general the author has a lot to say of great worth concerning both the historical as well as the contemporary role of believers in the courtroom and the work that believers can undertake in order to support Christian life and practice in contentious areas within contemporary American society. In terms of its contents, this book is a short one at less than 150 pages, but the contents it has are excellent ones. The author begins with a foreword and introduction that give his background as a writer as well as a lawyer. He opens with a discussion of a passage where Jesus pronounced a woe to lawyers as not being a blanket statement of hostility to all lawyers and then talks about how our hearts, and the hearts of society at large, should be turned both to God's law and to God's lawyers. At this point the author begins to discuss legal advances that have happened through the help of Jesus, including the passage of laws that remove or reduce zoning problems for churches in light of contemporary difficulties. A chapter about God's special people that deals with problems concerning the law as it relates to abortion and homosexuality follows and then the author talks about our future as believers in an increasingly anti-Christian world. Three appendices that give notes to pastors and provide resources about Christian legal organizations and other resources closes the book, making this an excellent work on a subject of importance as well as controversy. There are at least a few areas where this book demonstrates considerable skill. The author references his previous work both as a writer as well as a partner in a noted Christian legal firm, and this book was good enough I am definitely interested in reading more of the author's writing. In addition, the book demonstrates a keen grasp as well as a solid biblical perspective, for the most part, concerning the impact of law and the legal process on the exercise of Christianity by believers. The author's stern refusal to countenance a harsh clergy-lay divide encourages ordinary believers to become more active in areas of interest regarding the law and Christianity, and the author's general stance can be assumed as favorable to God's laws, despite the fact that the author appears more than a little bit wishy-washy when it comes to the enforcement of immigration law. These flaws aside, the book has much to commend it and the author himself is clearly an expert on the relationship between law and Christianity. The author's stern and biblical stance on abortion law as well as moral law relating to homosexuality and his praise of unaccredited Bible schools is something that definitely warms the heart of this reviewer as well. For a strongly favorable look
This book was a great with wonderful writing and compelling to read with giving us the opportunity to open our heart to believe in God all things are possible. This the powerful book also giving us of spiritual weapons and legal tools to encouraged us make more understand a clearly vision of Jesus’s day, How was a Master of the law. John W. Mauck, an attorney fir thirty years, is a founding partner at Mauck & Baker, LLC in Chicago. He is also an Allied Attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom. He received his BA from Yale and his Juris Doctor from the University of Chicago. He and his wife of forty years have four adult children. John also wrote Paul on Trial, which was a Christian Book Award finalist. I highly recommend to everyone must to read this book. “ I received a complimentary a copy of this book from Moody Publisher for this review “