By: Gordon King
Racism and prophetic protests against racism are part of the biblical message, yet we hear so few sermons in our churches about this moral issue. Here are 4 suggestions for pastoral leaders.
By: Zach Dawes
Fasting is like journaling. It works for some, but not for others. The goal is intentional self-analysis. Fasting is a tool to aid Christian disciples in reflecting on their journey in the way of Jesus.
By: Martin Marty (The Martin Mary Center: Sightings)
Even as old-style confessionals fade away, more serious lay people as thinkers and spiritual leaders are advocating "confession" and "forgiveness" as elements of great potential in our cultures of chaos.
By: Christina Embree
A blog post titled "I Am Josh Duggar" is circling social media. But the truth is many Christians are not Josh Duggar. While society and churches focus on 'big' sins, those 'little' sins we dismiss separate us from God, too.
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.
Here is what the likes of David, Paul, and Augustine understood that we so often miss—we are most vulnerable and miserable when we deny and cover our sin, and most happy and healthy when we confess our sin – honestly and specifically – before God, and when necessary, before others. We hear this same truth echoed in the New Testament. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. It turns out confession is not an avenue to humiliation but a pathway to healing, a gift from God who wants us to be healthy and happy in our souls.
After his court victory, John Edwards took responsibility for his sin. We'll learn about the authenticity of his confession in time, but hearing such an admission in our day is rare.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Ireland’s prime minister said Catholic priests could be jailed for failing to report child sex abuse crimes they hear during confession.
Who did this for you? Who became your priest when you needed one? Who listened to your story, entered into your struggle, held your hand, told you of God’s love and modeled transforming grace?
Who needs your help today? Who needs you to be God’s voice of truth and compassion and walk with them on their journey of self-discovery and transformation?
Which of God’s laws have you offended? Maybe it’s the will of God to love the helpless. To protect life. To protect the innocent. Maybe it’s your awful self-centeredness, as you haven’t even come close to loving your neighbor the way that you’ve loved yourself. Maybe you’ve left undone all the things that you ought to have done.