Monday Morning Confessional

I confess that I have not watched 24 hour cable news in over a month and I don’t miss it at all. I confess that nearly all of my news and information has come from print media. I have been getting the NYTimes at home for the past couple of months and really enjoy it. The one exception is that I will read articles from CNN. I try to avoid anything generated by Fox News or MSNBC, even if it is in print.

I confess that Monday Morning Confessional is getting harder and harder to do, mostly because I feel exhausted and drained on Monday mornings.

I confess that confess that I miss being able to purchase well made, long lasting consumer goods. Planned obsolescence is a moral evil.

I confess that I’m troubled when I bump up against the refusal to be patient and forgiving. I know I have this problem myself, but it seems so stark to me in some relationships and it causes so much pain. If there is any virtue that more quickly builds Christian community, it is the virtue of being long-suffering. The lack of it is a peace-killer.

I confess that I like to say that I like rap music, but deep down I don’t enjoy listening to it. I appreciate rap/hip-hop for what it is, but don’t personally enjoy the genre. I confess that expressing appreciation for rap/hip-hop often feels like the musical equivalent to claiming that I’m not a racist. “See, I have a friend who is black.” The exceptions to this would be Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr (Snoop Dogg), and Eminem. I don’t know their work that well, but what I do know I like… sort of.

The phrase “epic fail” sounds to me like fingernails on the chalkboard.

I used to feel incredible guilt about cussing.

The emotion I most associate with high school is anxiety.

I think it’s a dumb rule that you can’t end a sentence with a preposition. What is that all about? hehe

I love fall. It’s clearly the queen of all seasons.

I made my confession. Now it’s your turn.

About Tim Suttle

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Tim Suttle is the senior pastor of RedemptionChurchkc.com. He is the author of several books including his most recent - Shrink: Faithful Ministry in a Church Growth Culture (Zondervan 2014), Public Jesus (The House Studio, 2012), & An Evangelical Social Gospel? (Cascade, 2011). Tim's work has been featured at The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Sojourners, and other magazines and journals.

Tim is also the founder and front-man of the popular Christian band Satellite Soul, with whom he toured for nearly a decade. The band's most recent album is "Straight Back to Kansas." He helped to plant three thriving churches over the past 13 years and is the Senior Pastor of Redemption Church in Olathe, Kan. Tim's blog, Paperback Theology, is hosted at Patheos.

  • Charlie

    I confess having to blackout political news that isn’t from PBS, and political discussions from all blogs, including this one. It isn’t good for me.
    Also, my neighborhood has become a war zone when it comes to leaves. Every man and half the women are armed with high power leaf vacs and blowers, and the war only ends when someone actually picks the melting pot of leaves up when they’re blown into their yard. I confess when I drive by the houses at the top of the street who seem to be most militant and anti-leaf and therefore blow them into the street -I try to use the aerodynamics of my SUV to blow them back into their yard. I smile when this happens.

  • http://www.yeshua21.com Wayne

    I confess that I think much of what we pretend is “confession” is actually “judgement” (of the kind we are told not to do).

    I confess that, IMO, the best confession (and repentance) is simply to abide in presence. From one point of view, we don’t really have a choice (after all, we live and move and have our being in the presence of God), nevertheless, when we re-cognize that his presence and our presence is one– and honor that presence –a higher intelligence comes into play in our lives (aka the Word or ‘logos’).

    I confess that I really learned this from Eckhart Tolle — see, for example, Chapter 6 in “Stillness Speaks” (I’ll paste a couple of quotes from that below).

    http://www.happierabroad.com/StillnessSpeaks.pdf

    “When you completely accept this moment, when you no longer argue with what is,
    the compulsion to think lessens and is replaced by an alert stillness. You are fully
    conscious, yet the mind is not labeling this moment in any way. This state of inner
    nonresistance opens you to the unconditioned consciousness that is infinitely
    greater than the human mind. This vast intelligence can then express itself through
    you and assist you, both from within and from without. That is why, by letting go
    of inner resistance, you often find circumstances change for the better.”

    “Whatever you accept completely will take you to peace, including the acceptance
    that you cannot accept, that you are in resistance.”


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