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How Should Arab Christians React to Persecution?
How Should Arab Christians React to Persecution?

By: Martin Accad
The exodus of Christians from the Middle East and North Africa region has become a well-documented tragedy. Amid all of it, Christians struggle to find the appropriate response to their suffering.

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What Many People See When They Look at Today's Church
What Many People See When They Look at Today's Church

By: Gary Furr
When people look at today's church, they often see legalism and a bland pablum of politics and culture religion. They need to see the gracious, welcoming and boundary-breaching good news of Jesus.

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When Communities Form by Demonizing Outsiders
When Communities Form by Demonizing Outsiders

By: Ron Rolheiser
Many churches and civic communities forge a bond within their own ranks by demonizing others, but that path is neither the way of Jesus nor the way of human maturity.

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The Answer to Society's Escalating Violence
The Answer to Society's Escalating Violence

By: Larry Eubanks
You can't use violence, no matter how justified, to interrupt the cycle of violence. In the end, violence can only perpetuate the cycle of violence. So what can stop escalating violence?

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Amish Grace: The Only Option for Jesus' Followers
Amish Grace: The Only Option for Jesus' Followers

By: Leroy Seat
Ten years ago, a man entered an Amish school and shot 10 girls, killing five and leaving one with a severe brain injury. The Amish community's response of grace and forgiveness is a lesson for all.

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Why We Need to Seek Nature's Forgiveness
Why We Need to Seek Nature's Forgiveness

By: Chuck Summers
We sin against creation on a regular basis. We wipe out animals from their habitats, cut down acres of majestic trees and kill fish with poisoned waters. Is it time to ask for forgiveness from God's creation?

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Josh Duggar, Jared Fogle and the Valley of Trouble
Josh Duggar, Jared Fogle and the Valley of Trouble

By: Danny Chisholm
The actions of Jared Fogle and Josh Duggar are inexcusable and harmful. Their actions should give us pause to examine our own lives, knowing forgiveness and restoration are available through Christ.

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Charleston Church Shows What Forgiveness Looks Like
Charleston Church Shows What Forgiveness Looks Like

By: Danny Chisholm
Members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church taught us a lesson in forgiveness. The world needs to know there is an alternative to violence. And it isn't more violence.

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St. Patrick Built Bridges to Other Faiths
St. Patrick Built Bridges to Other Faiths

By: Joe LaGuardia
Only peacemaking and understanding of other faiths will provide a sustainable battlefront against religious, radical fundamentalism - one of the greatest enemies of our time.

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How Did Christians Become So Casually Violent?
How Did Christians Become So Casually Violent?
By: Terry Austin
As a nation, we've responded to violence with more violence. People, even followers of Jesus, still loudly proclaim that we need to commit even more violence. Where does it end?
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Jonah's Problem: A God Who Won't Do As He's Told
Jonah's Problem: A God Who Won't Do As He's Told
By: James Gordon
Jonah hated Nineveh; he wanted its violent inhabitants to get what they deserved. When Jonah fled rather than warn the city about its destruction, it was because he knew God wasn't in the hate business.
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Volf: Why Memory is Crucial for True Reconciliation
Volf: Why Memory is Crucial for True Reconciliation
By: Jonathan Langley
Remembering rightly the wrongs we have committed or the wrongs committed against us is essential if we are to be reconciled at all. If we forget atrocities, we invite more evil in the future.
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Jesus' Litmus Test: How Do You React to Opposition?
Jesus' Litmus Test: How Do You React to Opposition?
By: Ron Rolheiser
When we perceive a threat, we instinctually attack instead of seeking dialogue. We see it in politics, our communities and our churches. Natural instinct doesn't easily honor the gospel, but that's the test.
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Forgiveness: Shrink the Objects in Your Rearview Mirror
Forgiveness: Shrink the Objects in Your Rearview Mirror
By: Bill Wilson
When you're dismissed from a church, the wounds are like looking into a rearview mirror. They're often larger than they appear. The way forward requires you to forgive.
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Why Your Church Benefits When You Build Consensus
Why Your Church Benefits When You Build Consensus
By: Nick Lear
While it may be easier to ask for forgiveness than seek permission, it's not a good leadership model for churches. It's worth the time to explain decisions and let people suggest alternatives.
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Captured World War II Soldier Learned to Forgive
Captured World War II Soldier Learned to Forgive
Jacob DeShazer was captured during World War II and spent most of 40 months in solitary confinement. While imprisoned, he acquired a copy of the Bible and learned to forgive.
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What We Forget About When We Ask for Forgiveness
What We Forget About When We Ask for Forgiveness
We frequently utter prayers seeking God's forgiveness, but Scripture reminds us – and we often forget – that God requires something of us before he forgives our sins.
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3 Ways to Foster Restoration after Zimmerman Verdict
3 Ways to Foster Restoration after Zimmerman Verdict
Following protests for and against the George Zimmerman decision, it's time for Christians to encourage restoration. It won't happen overnight, but here's what you can do.
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Campbell's "Glad River" – Story of God's Extravagant Grace
Will D. Campbell, who died last month at 89, was hailed as a maverick. His novel, "The Glad River," deals with the themes of grace and undeserved and unreserved forgiveness.
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Forgiveness and Gratitude
Simon invited Jesus into his home, but did not treat him with respect. This unnamed woman, without speaking a word, asked Jesus into her heart, and in doing so sought and found forgiveness. Where do you think Jesus would rather be, in Simon’s home or in the woman’s heart? And what does that teach you and me?
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How You Can Practice True Power of Forgiveness
How You Can Practice True Power of Forgiveness
Forgiveness is not about ignoring what has happened. Rather, true forgiveness faces what has happened but refuses to allow a burden of bitterness and corrosive anger to grow.
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Love Will Find a Way
[T]here is something more powerful than broken dreams, disappointment and bad memories, and that is love. With God’s help, and quite frankly only with His help, can we invite those who have hurt us to chart a new course in our relationship. We can build a future based upon the mutual respect and trust needed to repair and restore a ruptured relationship.
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Stewards of the Story
In the end, we’re just stewards of the story. “A man had two sons,” is the story of all of us in some archetypal way. We might be the one who asks for what is not quite ours so we can wander off God-knows-where or we might be the lost child who stayed home. The work of a deacon is to love the church and nurture it in its God-given task of sharing the story in kind and winsome ways. Francis of Assisi once said, “Preach the gospel at all times; use words if necessary.”
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Who Is Thirsty and Hungry?
Who is thirsty and hungry? Today, we acknowledge that we are thirsty and hungry. This morning, God invites us to feast upon God’s goodness and pardon. We dare to come to this feast not because of what we have done, and certainly not because we could pay for any of this. We are invited and accepted because of what Jesus has done for us. We just tag along with other sinful pilgrims and say, “We’re with Jesus.” And that is good enough.
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Forgiveness Always a Virtue; Forgetting Often a Vice
Forgiveness Always a Virtue; Forgetting Often a Vice
Lance Armstrong's confession provided a splendid but largely missed opportunity to talk about sin, confession, forgiveness, redemption and restitution. Do we have moral amnesia?
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Great Themes of the Bible: Forgiveness
Forgiveness is about healing. It is a gift of God for his children, and for all who will practice it, it is an opportunity to be able to be free of all those hindrances based on bad relationships once and for all.
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From Despair to Hope
People cry out to God for a lot of reasons, don’t they?
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A Soul Restored
We live in a time when the existence of our souls is anything but obvious. To speak of the human soul almost seems archaic.
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New Beginnings
During this Lenten journey we are called to forty days and nights of remembering, reflecting, and discovering more about being in a covenant relationship with a loving, relational, God.
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This Resolution Can Reduce Your Stress Next Year
This Resolution Can Reduce Your Stress Next Year
Do you want to live a more productive, less stressful life in 2012? Whatever has happened in the last 12 months to sour your disposition and cause you pain, here's what you can do.
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Mother Cares for Her Son’s Amish Victims
LANCASTER, Pa. (RNS) Terri Roberts was eating outside with a co-worker on a bright October day when an ambulance wailed nearby and a helicopter swooped overhead.
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A Forgetful God
We all want to be forgiven, don’t we? Whether we’re sons or daughters, mothers or fathers, friends or colleagues. And no relationship can be mended without forgiveness, including our relationship with God.
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Why Christians Ignore Jesus' Call to Nonviolence
Why Christians Ignore Jesus' Call to Nonviolence
While many have tried to live true to Jesus' straightforward call to nonviolence, many Christians have found this command unsettling, and perhaps even ridiculous.
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A Memorial of Forgiveness
As we remember the events of September 11, 2001, let us also remember the event over two thousand years ago, when an innocent man hung on a cross and prayed for his perpetrators, “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”
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Kim Phuc – A Terrified Girl Transformed by Forgiveness
Kim Phuc – A Terrified Girl Transformed by Forgiveness
Kim Phuc, captured in a Pulitzer Prize-winning photo as a 9-year-old girl running naked from her South Vietnam village after being severely burned in a napalm bomb attack, is an adult with a powerful story of forgiveness.
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Film Highlights Forgiveness in African Cultures
Film Highlights Forgiveness in African Cultures
Focusing on forgiveness and conflict resolution that occurred in the aftermath of civil war in Sierra Leone, a documentary illustrates the courage and grace of ordinary people.
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Selective Forgiveness Rules After Financial Crisis
Selective Forgiveness Rules After Financial Crisis
A panel appointed by Congress to investigate the financial crisis only sent a handful of cases to the Justice Department. In another case of selective forgiveness, the powerful and wealthy benefit.
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Gusher
Jesus’ love for you doesn’t just flow like a fountain. It’s more like a gusher. So, why not take a drink—today!
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Happy are the Forgiven
When we get to the season of Lent, what we don’t expect is to hear a word of good news. So let me frontload this Lenten sermon with good news, really good news: We come to God not by our perfection but by our imperfection.
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Vatican Says iPhone Apps Won’t Forgive Sins
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Just in case Catholics are wondering if a new iPhone app might be able to forgive their sins, the Vatican has issued a clarification: No.
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Now That I Believe: I Wage Peace
The next time you see somebody at an intersection with a sign that says, Will work for food, or the next time you see a parody of the sign, think of this instead: Will work for peace. Let us commit ourselves to being a part of the will of God that wants peace upon the earth.
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Play Examines South’s Black Church Arsons
WASHINGTON (RNS) For playwright Marcus Gardley, the theater is his pulpit and plays are his sermons.
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When Christians Favor Retribution Over Forgiveness
When Christians Favor Retribution Over Forgiveness
Most Americans feel the need for more forgiveness in their lives yet many of them believe some behaviors can't be forgiven. Perhaps we can't experience forgiveness because we won't grant it to others.
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Study: Americans Crave Forgiveness but Are Choosy on Dispensing It
(RNS) Most Americans have a desire for more forgiveness in their lives, but they are more critical when choosing who to forgive.
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What It Takes To Understand God's Forgiveness
What It Takes To Understand God's Forgiveness
We cannot begin to comprehend God's awesome capacity to forgive our deep and profound sins if we do not also have some sense of our sinfulness as well as our human capacity to do good as a minimal level.
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God Stories: When God Grieves
A true worshipper, saved by God’s grace, realizes he has escaped catastrophe because of God’s goodness. Such a worshipper comes as Noah did, to declare dependence upon God thorough sacrificial worship.
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If This Man Were A Prophet
When we ask Jesus to come through our doors, do you think he would take us up on our invitation? And if he does, will we treat him as our favored guest? After all, he might just bring a few sinners with him.
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A Sinner’s Gift
A sure fact about Jesus is that he made people mad. That is not the first thing we think of when we think about Jesus. We think about Jesus as being nice and kind, but the truth is that Jesus made a lot of people really, really angry.
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God Stories: Free Fall
The word in Hebrew for naked is ’arummin. And the word for clever is ’arum. Clearly a play on words in the original language. We might read it something like this in English: The man and his wife were both nude, and they were not ashamed. Now the serpent was more shrewd.”
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Grace: Available to All – No Conditions
Grace: Available to All – No Conditions
The notion of grace and forgiveness is uniquely divine, but we give a human twist to grace. We take that which is free and liberating and make it cost something.
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Prayer: How to Make Your Enemies Go Away
Prayer: How to Make Your Enemies Go Away
Judas is synonymous with betrayal, yet Jesus knelt before him and washed his feet. While prayer may not change those who betrayed you, it can change you.
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An Embracing Love
Grace is a kind of mercy that we in the church have had a notoriously difficult time handling. We’ve taken that which is free and we’ve made it something to earn. It’s sad in a way because we first come to God seeking forgiveness and the desire to be whole. And then, after experiencing the liberation that only God can bring, we go out and get lost all over again.
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If and Everything
Forgiveness and reconciliation are two issues that we encounter throughout the Bible. Whether we like to admit it or not, God does not allow us to avoid or escape the notion that humans need forgiveness.
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Let's Surprise Them
What are you going to do this week to surprise someone who mistreated you? What difference would it make in your life and theirs? Who can help you respond with compassion, restraint and generosity? What are you going to do to surprise someone whom you have mistreated? What changes will you make in your life? How will you make amends? What will you do to begin the healing process? Who can help you? Let the bread and wine you will hold in your hands in a few minutes help you answer these questions.
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A Christmas Past to Reflect on the Year Ahead
A Christmas Past to Reflect on the Year Ahead
It's 95 years ago on Christmas Eve. Several British and German troops broke into an unofficial truce, a spontaneous outbreak of decency. Today, can we learn to set aside our differences?
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The Lord's Prayer: Forgiving Those Who Wronged Us
The Lord's Prayer: Forgiving Those Who Wronged Us
We often recite The Lord's Prayer in worship but have we really paid attention to the words? Perhaps one of its most troubling portions is that we must commit ourselves to forgiving others.
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Loving the Unlovely
You see, we really don’t have a choice. And we do it because of the cross. It always comes back to the cross, doesn’t it? If it weren’t for the cross of Christ Jesus, I would want to keep account of every wrong that I ever endured from everyone. I’d want to make them pay not once, but twice for the wrongs they inflicted upon me. In fact, I would feel duty-bound to hold everyone’s feet to the fire, to overlook no wrong and to refuse to forgive. But God didn’t treat me that way. 
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Walking Between the Raindrops
Today, know that God offers pardon for sin. David came to a point of brokenness for his sin and confessed it to God for what it is: A stain against God and against those who were touched by his sin. When David fell before God and confessed his sin, God forgave him. Do we believe what the Bible tells us about the healing power of reconciliation? That’s the power of the good news! God has given us a way out by offering the hand of forgiveness in Christ.
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We Need Jubilee
We must remember and care for our fellow travelers on this beautiful planet and treat them not as competitors, but as if they were Jesus who said that he could be found among the little ones. Proclaiming with Jesus the year of Jubilee is our only hope for restoration.
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Forgiving John Lennon
One can't justify what Lennon said. If you read the apology he issued in a later interview, you get the sense that he didn't see what all the furor was about and it may be that, in a way and in regards to some people, he was just telling the truth when he said that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus.
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Forgiving Bin Laden … and the Governor of Illinois
It's pretty tempting, after the commemoration of the 9/11 attacks on the United States in 2001, to make the case--based on Jesus' teaching about forgiving an offender 70-multiplied-by-seven times--that serious Christians ought to figure out how to extend that forgiveness to brother bin Laden and his Al Qaeda accomplices.
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Jesus Modeled What it Meant to Love Our Enemies
A few years ago, as I was teaching on Jesus' command to love our enemies, a very perceptive young man asked me, "How far should we go to love our enemies?" Not only was this a thought-provoking question, it was one I had never seriously considered until that moment.
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Seekers After Less Than God
A story that appeared recently in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution set me to thinking about the ethics of attending church as a "seeker."
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