Last week in chapel, Rev. Dr. Howard Earle preached out of Luke 4:14-21 on the topic of Jesus on Justice. He reminded us that the Spirit of the Lord empowered Jesus to carry out specific activities for the benefit and justice of people. Christ released captives and healed the blind and the deaf not for his own celebrity but in order to be in relationship with people.

The Spirit comes to empower us to follow the example of Christ, and the work of justice is not for our own personal gratification either. It is for the labor of the gospel and the glory of the Lord. The justice work of the Lord isn’t glamorous, and those who serve Jesus as their Lord must be willing to get their hands dirty while ministering in the broken world around us.


Rev. Dr. Howard Earle is the Senior Pastor of the New Hope Baptist church here in Grand Rapids, MI. While going to the University of Houston to receive his bachelor’s in Civil Engineering, he felt called to do ministry. Rev. Earle received his Master of Divinity with Biblical Languages from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. In his free time, he enjoys golf, reading, outdoor activities and spending quality time with his wife K’Sandra and his children Zachary, Dylan and Natalie.