Two forgiveness stories that are worth your time

Forgiveness has been making a lot of headlines lately, at least it seems to me. Pope Francis asked for forgiveness for the evil committed by priests who molested children (for more insight, see George Conger’s post Wednesday). A Louisiana congressman who campaigned on a Christian family values platform requested forgiveness for an extramarital affair. In Texas, a Fort [Read More...]

Politics, sin and serious reporting in La. bayou country

As I’ve shared before, I spent a few years of my early childhood in West Monroe, La., where my dad attended the White’s Ferry Road School of Preaching. That now-defunct school was operated by the White’s Ferry Road Church of Christ, now known nationally as the home congregation of the Robertson family of “Duck Dynasty” [Read More...]

Media obsession dangers: Pope and gay priests edition

Ermagerd, everybody! The Pope has renounced all church teaching on everything! Stop the presses! Start them again! Freak out! That’s my impression of Twitter, online and broadcast and cable news today. From my morning read: CBSNews: Pope Francis: “Who am I to judge” gay clergy? http://cbsn.ws/14dnXJD BreakingNews: Pope Francis says he won’t judge priests for [Read More...]

Pod people: Forgiveness is such a simple word

Forgiveness is such a simple word But it’s so hard to do when you’ve been hurt  The above lyrics from Kellie Pickler’s “I Wonder” provide a fitting introduction to this post. On this week’s Crossroads podcast, host Todd Wilken and I discuss forgiveness and media coverage of it. We focus on two recent GetReligion posts touching [Read More...]

For some reason, someone forgave someone else

If someone took your child’s life, would you forgive the killer? Renee Napier did. But why? That’s the giant unanswered question — the ghost — in a recent CBS News report: TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Not many convicts consider themselves blessed, but Eric Smallridge does, and for good reason. He’s getting out of prison — way [Read More...]


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