Go and Sin No More

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Jesus did say, “Go and sin no more.” The often forgotten fact is that it was only Jesus who said that, prefacing it with “Ye without sin, cast the first stone.” In a story that is all about not throwing stones because we are all sinners, we’ve identified with God. No wonder we are missing the point! It wasn’t until everyone else left that Jesus privately spoke with the woman and said, “Neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more.”

Our human tendencies make us want to be that seminarian student, standing up to condemn each other. But that is not the model Christ left for us. We must leave room for the Holy Spirit to do Its job. The model that was left for us is one of reconciliation, not condemnation. [Read more...]

Part 1: Read an Excerpt from My New Book #OurLastOption

Are you wondering what Our Last Option: How a New Approach to Civility can Save the Public Square (US, Canada, UK), is all about? Here are the Table of Contents, and the beginning portion to the Preface (A Common Language). Read a description of Our Last Option here. Table of Contents Preface: A Common Language Introduction [Read More...]

Does Neutrality Equal Silence?

This post is written by Andrew Marin, President and Founder of The Marin Foundation I woke up this morning in beautiful Scotland to an email with a link where someone wrote the following: I agree with Dante, that the hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in a period of moral crisis, maintain [Read More...]

An Area Evangelicals Might Learn From the LGBT Community

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The following post was written by Kevin Harris, Director of Community Relations at The Marin Foundation. Reading over Jacob Heiss’s well thought-out posts on sexual identity (parts 1 & 2 with part 3 on the way), I’m left thinking that this might be an area (among others) in which the evangelical church could be assisted by [Read More...]

“Bigot”

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The following post is by Jason Bilbrey, Director of Pastoral Care at The Marin Foundation. You can read more from Jason at his blog, www.jasonbilbrey.com. I was recently having lunch with a friend. Great guy. Conservative in a mainstream Evangelical way and also really bright, reasonable and charitable. I’ve known him for years. We were [Read More...]

Strong Language

The following post is from Brent Bailey, a Master of Divinity student at Abilene Christian University. You can find his blog at oddmanout.net Let’s talk about strong language. I grew up in a household that prohibited the use of profanity. My parents established and modeled a certain vocabulary standard, and though they enforced it graciously, the list [Read More...]

From a Straight Guy On Coming Out

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Here are some DOs and DON’Ts I’ve learned through my own experiences and in conversations with others, for you to better honor your relationship to LGBT friends and loved ones when someone comes out to you. [Read more...]

Love the Sin, Hate the Sinner… Or Something Like That

The following post is from Jason Bilbrey, our Director of Pastoral Care at The Marin Foundation. You can contact Jason with inquires connected to pastoral care at jason@themarinfoundation.org.   You can read more from Jason at his blog, www.jasonbilbrey.com You’ve heard this aphorism a million times: “love the sinner, hate the sin.” I doubt there’s anyone [Read More...]

Mind Your Words — They Have Meaning

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The following post is by Trista L. Carr, Psy.D., is a Clinical Psychologist for a State Prison in the Central Valley of CA, a consultant for individuals and organizations, and a conference speaker. She completed her doctorate in clinical psychology at Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA, where she was a research assistant for the Institute [Read More...]

Living in the Tension – Sept. 9

We are gathering again this upcoming Monday, September 9th, for our regular Living in the Tension gathering. A good friend of ours, Br. Michael, will be sharing tangible things that we can do to be allies to those that are bisexual, statements he would advise avoiding, and a bit of his own story. We will [Read More...]

Transparency and Vulnerability

The following post is from Brent Bailey, a Master of Divinity student at Abilene Christian University. Brent. You can find his blog at oddmanout.net. One of many “Aha!” moments for me working with The Marin Foundation this summer was when Kevin brought to my attention the difference between transparency and vulnerability, two words I had been using [Read More...]

A Christlike Response?

The following post is from Laura Statesir, Director of Family and Youth at The Marin Foundation.   Before I came to The Marin Foundation, I spent five years living in the Dominican Republic working for Young Life. The Dominican Republic is a small country in the Caribbean that shares the island of Hispaniola with the [Read More...]

Big Announcement #2: My New Book!

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I am very excited to announce that I have a new book releasing at the end of September 2013; in just two months! It is a 125 page academic ebook published in a partnership between Patheos Press and Bondfire Books. It will be available on all ereader outlets–Kindle, iBooks, Nook, Google Reader and any others you might own and read from. The ebook will be called ReEngaging Civility: A Framework for Bridging Opposing Worldviews [Read more...]

I Don’t Trust You

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I’ve recently heard the phrase “I don’t trust you” as a reason not to engage with someone in real life, even in a simple conversation. And the I-don’t-trust-you-person’s metric for defining trust? Online. If that is the dominant lens to decide conclusive trust, of course one doesn’t trust that other. They don’t actually know them. I would [Read More...]


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