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Author David Balkum

David Balkum is a lawyer, author, professor, husband, father, prison volunteer and member of Highland Park Baptist Church in Austin, Texas.

Even though Scripture tells us to remember the prisoners, the church has washed their hands of that command. How do we turn that around? Here are 7 ways you and your church can begin to remember those in prison. […] Read More

Pastors can be trusting souls, which makes them an easy mark for con men. If you receive an offer that seems too good to be true, remember the biblical command to be shrewd as snakes yet innocent as doves. […] Read More

Why should we punish people? The criminal justice system has followed four reasons for incarcerating criminals: deterrence, rehabilitation, retribution and incapacitation. But there’s an often overlooked fifth reason. Restoration. […] Read More