Category Archives: Sin

Jesus, (Not a) Friend of Sinners?

Though our experience in church might incline us to think so, this is not how Jesus operated. Jesus intentionally, strategically, and lovingly, spent time with sinners. If we’re going to walk in the way of Jesus, i.e., be Christians, we’ll need to do … Continue reading

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Surprised by… Sin?

If you watch tv, I bet you’ve seen a show where someone no one suspected turned out to have deep, dark secrets. A man everyone knew to be a loving and engaged father was really a molester. A woman who … Continue reading

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Original Sin

Though ostensibly a theological doctrine, original sin has been secularized at least since the time of Thomas Hobbes. (David Brook’s recent column is not too far afield.) Hobbes described the original and natural state of humans as the “war of … Continue reading

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Christian Perfection

Christian Perfection is something John Wesley taught. It has been retained in the current United Methodist Church in the question asked of those being ordained Elder: “Do you expect to be made perfect in love in this life?” The expected … Continue reading

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“Here there be sinners”

One of the signs of a health church is the presence of sinners. Well, sure, people will say. Everyone is a sinner, so if there is anyone there, sinners will be there. No way around it. What’s the big deal? … Continue reading

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Dealing with societal corruption

In our prayer meeting yesterday one of the folks mentioned the barrage of corruption news lately. I knew where she was coming from. Companies, investment firms, political leaders – we were hearing of corruption in all these (and other) categories. … Continue reading

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Thinking About Justification, part 2

Here are some thoughts as I prepare to compare John Piper and N.T. Wright on justification. They are in no particular order. One of the cornerstones of the New Perspective on Paul is that legalism was not the defining characteristic … Continue reading

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