The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works. — Saint Augustine Walk into almost any Christian congregation in America and you'll find kind, smiling people, well-dressed and freshly-scrubbed. You'll discover families holding hands, beautiful babies cooing and gurgling, fluffy ... Continue reading
Does Evangelicalism foster dishonesty about sin?
Scot McKnight of Jesus Creed has written a thoughtful post suggesting that Ted Haggard's fall is evidence of a systemic problem in Evangelical churches generally. I think he's right, and I'm going to quote an extended passage for you to chew on. Read Scot's full post here. But, what I find here is ... Continue reading
This vulnerable fortress
[T]hrow off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God — truly righteous and holy. So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, ... Continue reading
Confession: Good for the body and the soul
Bob at Mr. Standfast appreciates Dietrich Bonhoeffer, which automatically makes him good people. He has written a thoughtful piece on the way that sin isolates us not only from God, but from the community of believers, and how confession reunites us with both. Bob calls his essay On Confession: ... Continue reading