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Advent Illusions

Ryan Phipps | Posted 12.05.2016 | Home
Ryan Phipps

The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah, the Son of God, as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: "I will send my messenger ahead of you...

The Powerful Secret That No One Really Wants To Talk About

Catherine Nagle | Posted 10.05.2016 | Home
Catherine Nagle

Our over-confidence disappears through sharing and confession and we are much happier when we recognize this. It also gives us a mutual understanding and the serenity that comes from trust.

Lesson From a Jewish Prison Chaplan

Rabbi Mark Borovitz | Posted 10.01.2016 | Home
Rabbi Mark Borovitz

My name is Mark Borovitz and I am a Rabbi. I am also a recovering alcoholic and recovering criminal, having done two terms in the California State Pri...

The Great War is Internal

Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson | Posted 09.20.2016 | Home
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

Each year, during the month of Elul and throughout the Days of Awe, Jews assemble to do something that is essentially private: To be able to reflect on our actions and our inactions of the past year, the gap between our aspirations and our behavior, between our integrity and our actuality.

Balancing Sin and Forgiveness to Improve Mental Fitness

David Briggs | Posted 05.06.2016 | Home
David Briggs

The desire to live up to divine standards can help many religious individuals cultivate successful, lasting relationships and avoid harmful addictions, some research suggests.

A Broken Heart Can Be the Highest Place

Rabbi Yonah Bookstein | Posted 04.04.2016 | Home
Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

Our sages teach that embarrassment at our past deeds, a sense of shame and resulting humility, comes from being deeply aware that we are in the presence of God. It is precisely because we feel that we messed up and can do better, that we can merit elevating our lives.

Mississippi, Let's Change Our Flag (Ode to Jesus and Skynyrd, Grant and Lee)

Bert Montgomery | Posted 02.28.2017 | Home
Bert Montgomery

As a kid in the 1970s, I liked the Confederate flag because, to me, it meant Lynyrd Skynyrd. I loved Skynyrd. There was one negative thing that, as ...

The Night When The Church Confessed Her Sins

Patrick Beretta | Posted 01.18.2017 | Home
Patrick Beretta

Statistical relativity is irrelevant to a Church that claims moral authority. The very fact that these monstrous betrayals happened at all, that some perpetrators were protected, that the safety of children was not always the absolute priority represent a systemic failure of monumental significance.

Confession Today

Martin Marty | Posted 10.12.2016 | Home
Martin Marty

None of the people I cite or read with favor elsewhere are asking for the old-time, fear-of-hell approach to faith and life. But more and more serious lay-people as thinkers and spiritual leaders are advocating "confession" and "forgiveness" as elements of great potential in our cultures of chaos.

Doing and Being

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 07.13.2016 | Home
Mette Ivie Harrison

I'm a long way from saying I've achieved this, but I'm far enough into it that I'm skeptical of the idea of achieving anything. If I give up all my lists and checkmarks, then where am I? Maybe I'm just where I'm supposed to BE.

If We Repent, Then We Can Talk About Marriage

Jonathan Walton | Posted 06.28.2016 | Home
Jonathan Walton

If Christians actually modeled intimacy in singleness and marriage and not fake pictures of happiness and how-tos on managing loneliness, then maybe people would want to know the Christ that we profess and the marriage He defines.

Break Open and Repent, My Fellow White Christians

Rev. Ashley Harness | Posted 06.22.2016 | Home
Rev. Ashley Harness

I was supposed to be writing a different sermon when I saw the news that 9 more lives had been lost to white supremacy in Charleston last week. As a white pastor of a predominantly white church in the Midwest, what was I supposed to do?

What Poet Robinson Jeffers Can Teach Christians

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young | Posted 05.29.2016 | Home
Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

The church reformer Martin Luther (1483-1546) loves the Latin phrase "Incurvatus in se." It comes from St. Augustine and means to be curved in on oneself. Luther believes that we have a tendency not just to worship our self, but to see the world only according to our own self interest.

Iraq, ISIS and Our Need for Repentance

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.29.2016 | Home
Jim Wallis

Given that "the facts" the United States used to justify the invasion of Iraq were all wrong, most of the presidential candidates have admitted they might not have launched that particular war. What we have yet to hear from presidential candidates or the habitual hawks is the appropriate spiritual response to the war in Iraq: repentance.

Taking Lent to Repent

Jim Wallis | Posted 04.22.2015 | Home
Jim Wallis

We as Americans and others in the West have long overlooked the ways our actions affect the world around us -- both in positive and negative ways. Lent must be a time to reflect and repent -- in our own lives, in our churches, and in our nation. It's time to turn around.

Lent: Living God's Grace

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 04.19.2015 | Home
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

We live in an age where people fact check everything we say and do. If we exaggerate or embellish, people are quick to point it out and we are summarily kicked to the curb.

We Need to Stop Lying and Repent

Jonathan Walton | Posted 03.23.2015 | Home
Jonathan Walton

Marching down the streets of NYC in remembrance of MLK, I thought not of the anger swarming around me, but of the King that Dr. King followed. There is no freedom apart from Jesus, no victory that does not include His name.

Arrested in Ferguson in an Act of Repentance

Jim Wallis | Posted 12.15.2014 | Home
Jim Wallis

Let me be as honest as I can be: If white Christians in America were more Christian than white, black parents could feel safer about their children. It's time for us white Christians to repent -- turn around and go in a new direction.

Plain Vanilla: Yom Kippur

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 12.02.2014 | Home
Harry Rothenberg

Just how sophisticated should our game plan be for Yom Kippur?...

Lament and Confess: Forgive Us, Michael Brown

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 11.22.2014 | Home
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

To lament and confess. To acknowledge the sin of racism that is alive in our country, and therefore in our churches, and to repent of the way that the sin of racism hinders our ability to live into the Kingdom of God.

The Scared Cop Inside of Me: Reflections on Ferguson

Rev. Vicki Flippin | Posted 10.21.2014 | Home
Rev. Vicki Flippin

We all have a little bit of Officer Darren Wilson inside of us. We all own a piece of that scared cop every time we act on our assumptions and generalizations about the people we encounter in our lives. We all are in need of a cleaner heart.

Trust: The Church and Facebook

Trey Lyon | Posted 10.05.2014 | Home
Trey Lyon

You don't undo those things with better packaging, or a new release of an old product. You have to do the deep, soul-baring, painful work of repentance and asking forgiveness -- and do it without caring if this person ever comes to your church or not.

My Mother's Creed Was 'Create Beauty, Give Love, Find Peace'

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 08.24.2014 | Home
Frank Schaeffer

(Right) Mom and Dad (Edith and Francis Schaeffer) in L'Abri 1972 "The very fabric of the universe is unknowable and stranger than we can imagine and ...

Donald Sterling: Facade, Fiction, and Forgiveness

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 06.30.2014 | Home
Lisa Sharon Harper

Sterling's comments are not unlike Cliven Bundy's recent musings. Bundy, the Nevada rancher who owes more than a million dollars in federal grazing fees wondered aloud if blacks might have been better off as slaves "picking cotton and having a family life and doing things."

God's Way or the Highway

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 05.29.2014 | Home
William B. Bradshaw

Last week we worked our way through the main body of the Parable of the Wedding Feast (Matthew 22:1-14). But then we came to the surprising finish. ...