The Power of Biblical Compassion

In the parable of the unforgiving servant found in Matthew 18:21-35, Jesus gives a striking illustration of the power of compassion.  The king’s compassion toward the servant who owed him is stunning because his mercy is so undeserved. The word that Jesus chooses to describe the king’s compassion toward the indebted servant is the most... Continue Reading →

The Greatest Word Ever Spoken

On the cross Jesus gave seven statements, all of which are important, but perhaps none are as important as his last. “Jesus knew that His mission was now finished, and to fulfill Scripture He said, ‘I am thirsty.’ A jar of sour wine was sitting there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put it... Continue Reading →

I want to be like Harry…you should too!

Take time to read this article concerning the story of Harry, the young slave who gave his own life to save the students of Howard College and secure the future of Samford University!

Dr. Kevin Blackwell

“As for you, son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel. When you hear a word from my mouth, give them a warning from me.”  Ezekiel 33:7

Around midnight on October 15, 1854 the students of Howard College, now Samford University, lay in their beds asleep. No one knows how the fire started but in a matter of minutes the only dorm on campus was engulfed in flames. The first person to notice was a 23 year old slave named Harry. He was employed by the college as a janitor and had a meager room in the 4 story dorm. Without regard for his own safety he rushed upstairs to awaken the sleeping students. As he raced toward the rooms someone grabbed him and told him to leave or he would be overtaken by the flames to which Harry responded, “not before I wake…

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