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Witnesses in a courtroom are "non-responsive" when they intentionally or unintentionally duck the question. Peter ducks Jesus' post-resurrection question, "Do you love me?" in ways that make us think about our own answer.
For material based on today's Acts text, see "Saintly Sinners," April 18, 2010, at HomileticsOnline.com.
Turn on your TV at any given time of the day, and there's a pretty good chance you'll find a rerun of Law and Order (or some other courtroom procedural drama) somewhere on a back channel of your cable feed. In fact, if aliens are really out there in the universe somehow getting our television signals, we wouldn't fault them for thinking that we're primarily a race of cops and lawyers who spend most of their time interviewing or cross-examining witnesses.
We've watched so much courtroom TV that we're all well-versed in the lingo. Without Law and Order, we might not know what "exculpatory evidence"...