3 Characteristics of Authentic Forgiveness (Sans Denial)

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When navigating the topic of abuse and harm in the church, it's easy to trip up on the Christian principles of grace, forgiveness, and reconciliation. Really, it can seem difficult to hold onto the importance of safety, justice, and healing for victims of abuse and harm while also holding tightly to the gospel, because the gospel seems to level the playing field (we're all sinners) and offer a universal promise (grace and forgiveness for even the chief of sinners). How then can we make a dis … [Read more...]

Five Problems With Grace

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I know, I know. If there is anything sacred in the American church today, especially among younger, post-evangelical, and charismatic Christians, it would be the concept of grace.While the neo-Calvinists certainly talk about grace - doctrines of grace, irresistible grace, saving grace, common grace, etc. - they are often not so gracious, you know, to people who don't agree with them about homosexuality and hell (the latter being the place where those who don't fit their idea of grace end … [Read more...]

Something Better Than “Grace” For Ray Lewis (or, God Loves Soccer)

I've always been scared of Ray Lewis.Even before I knew anything about his alleged involvement in a double homicide, I was totally freaked out by the dude. The picture above explains why. The flexing. The maniacal yelling. The unbridled aggression. The grass-pulling. SO SCARY.Anyway, neither Ray's scary flexing/weeding nor the murder allegations are news right now - at least, not really. The news is 1) that Ray and his Ravens just won the Super Bowl in Lewis's final NFL season; and 2) … [Read more...]


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