A COURTROOM SERMON
1. I confess to you that I like movies that are built
around a courtroom scene. I am a Perry Mason, Matlock kind
of fellow. I guess I get it from my great-grandfather,
Maston Trivette. His favorite pastimes were coon-hunting
and going to the courthouse to listen to the cases being
tried. Whenever court was in session, my great-grandfather
2. Thinking of court, I recently came across some actual
questions and statements that were made by lawyers during a
case. Let me give you a few examples.
"Now, doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in his
sleep, in most cases he just passes quietly away and
doesn't know anything about it until the next morning?"
Q. What happened then?
A. He told me, he says, 'I have to kill you because you can
Q. Did he kill you?
"Was it you or your brother that was killed in the war?"
"The youngest son, the 20-year-old, how old is he?"
"Were you alone or by yourself?"
Q. I show you exhibit 3 and ask you if you recognize that
A. That's me.
Q. Were you present when that picture was taken?
Q. Mrs. Jones, do you believe you are emotionally stable?
A. I used to be.
Q. How many times have you committed suicide?
Q. Have you lived in this town all your life?
A. Not yet.
Q. Do you recall approximately the time that you examined
the body of Mr. Edington at the Rose Chapel?
A. It was in the evening. The autopsy started about 830
Q. And Mr. Edington was dead at the time, is that correct?
A. No, he was sitting on the table wondering why I was
doing an autopsy!
3. I am sure it shocks you to know that sometimes lawyers
make mistakes. Well, the trial before us in our text
involves Peter and John. We read in verses 1-3:
"And as they spake unto the people, the priests, and the
captain of the temple, and the Sadducees, came upon them,
 Being grieved that they taught the peo ...
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