The Key to Loving More
Freedom City Church Sunday 8th August 2021
Anthony Ray Hinton was poor and black when he was convicted in 1985 of two murders he hadn’t committed. He spent the next 30 years trapped in solitary confinement in a tiny cell on death row.
Today we will learn from Anthony’s story how the power of love can transform and bring light into the darkest of places.
We will also learn from the lesson Jesus taught a Pharisee when a woman shockingly washed his feet with her tears and hair and repeatedly kissed his feet. Jesus using a parable taught the powerful insight that he who is forgiven much loves much.
The key to a fulfilling and rewarding life is love. But how do I grow in love and live a life of transforming love?
Today we will deep dive into Jesus’ teaching to reveal how we can live a life of deep gratitude and love, letting our light shine and fulfilling our mission to be the light of the world.
Anthony Ray Hinton Exonerated After 30 Years on Death Row
Anthony Ray Hinton walked out of the Jefferson County Jail a free man for the first time in 30 years at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, April 3, 2015. “The sun does shine,” Mr. Hinton said moments after being released following his exoneration. He was sentenced to death for a crime he did not commit.
“Race, poverty, inadequate legal assistance, and prosecutorial indifference to innocence conspired to create a textbook example of injustice,” EJI Director Bryan Stevenson said.
“I can’t think of a case that more urgently dramatizes the need for reform than what has happened to Anthony Ray Hinton.”
For more information, visit: https://eji.org/cases/anthony-ray-hinton/
The Equal Justice Initiative works to end mass incarceration, excessive punishment, and racial inequality. Visit our website to learn more.
The Guardian article on Anthony Ray Hinton
For an inspiring movie on this subject see Just Mercy: