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Confession Today

Martin Marty | Posted 10.12.2015 | Religion
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 07.14.2015 | Religion
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 06.29.2015 | Religion
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 06.23.2015 | Religion
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 06.01.2015 | Religion
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 05.29.2015 | Politics
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 | Religion
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 | Religion
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 | Religion
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 | Religion
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 | Religion
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 | Religion
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 | Religion
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 | Religion
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 | Religion
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 | Religion
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 | Religion
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. ...

Goodness Is Self-Forgetting

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 05.19.2014 | Religion
Peter A. Georgescu

What's being asked of me is a journey. What might seem an impossible goal is, in fact, motivating.

How to Find God: The Five Ways

Steve McSwain | Posted 03.29.2014 | Religion
Steve McSwain

If you think of God as "up there, somewhere," and you as "down here on earth," that is to say, if you see God as separate from you -- then that is precisely why God cannot be found.

Dealing With Life's Leftovers

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 03.20.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

In times past, most people heated their houses using fireplaces, stoves and coal furnaces. Some people still do. It makes no difference which of these forms of heating one uses, there are always ashes or clinkers to get out of the house and hauled away without leaving a mess behind.

The Problem With Christians is That They Are People, and Sometimes People Suck

Angela Jamene | Posted 02.10.2014 | Religion
Angela Jamene

"I like Jesus, it's his followers I can't stand" That used to be a magnet on my refrigerator. I was 21 and had only read the bible enough to try to t...

Breaking Good: The Final Season of "Breaking Bad" and Walter's White's Struggle for Repentance

Avi Sinensky | Posted 01.23.2014 | TV
Avi Sinensky

To really understand Walter White, we have to go back as far as the pilot episode and maybe even a little bit more.

My Dear God, Make It Clean: Confession and Psalm 51

Rev. Peter M. Wallace | Posted 11.13.2013 | Religion
Rev. Peter M. Wallace

God can renew and refurbish our spirits, our hearts, our drive, our attitudes. God can give us a positive, willing, and steadfast spirit to live and learn from mistakes and to change direction. Yes, God can.

Writing the Next Act of Our Lives on Yom Kippur

Rabbi Edward Bernstein | Posted 09.13.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Edward Bernstein

On Yom Kippur, our day of renewal, our tradition provides us with stage directions and a powerful script. The day is further enriched by the improvisational theater that we provide ourselves.

'Charity Saves From Death': Yom Kippur

Harry Rothenberg | Posted 11.12.2013 | Religion
Harry Rothenberg

This is the best week of the year to give charity. You'll get back much more than you give.