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October 19, 2021 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Would you help someone in need, or walk on by?

One of the all-time genius psychology studies was conducted by John Darley and Daniel Batson in the 1970’s at Princeton Theological Seminary. Darley and Batson were studying the psychology of prosocial behavior – why people do good things for others. Specifically, they wanted to examine whether acts of kindness are due more to innate qualities or to situational factors....Keep Reading

Posted in: Love Tags: Love, Good Samaritan

March 24, 2015 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

If you don't help, who will?

A couple of weeks ago, I read an excerpt from Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” which he delivered a day before he was assassinated. In that speech, he references Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan, and says something that could be quite the paradigm shift for some of us: The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’ But then the good Samaritan came by, and he reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?’ ...Keep Reading

Posted in: Service Tags: Good Samaritan, Mercy

July 8, 2014 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

The cost of being the Good Samaritan... or of walking on by

Ken was a high school classmate of mine, although we were not in the same circle of friends. He was what we would have referred to as a nerd ‘" smart, but socially awkward and not very popular. Since graduation, he had probably never crossed my mind until he called me out of the blue three years ago. He had found me on Facebook, saw that I was a pastor, and wanted to talk, as he was in the process of going through a painful divorce, amidst other life challenges. We talked on a semi-regular basis, had lunch a couple of times, and I encouraged him over that time to come to Fight Club, our men‘s group at NewLife. Eventually he came twice to Fight Club, but despite my invitations and the invitations of other men in the group, he never returned. In the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus gives an example about how loving our neighbor often involves risking our safety, as well as sacrificing our time, energy, and possessions, in order to care for a person in need....Keep Reading

Posted in: Love Tags: Suffering, Good Samaritan