Let’s Take The Confession of Sins Seriously

For a lot of us,the confession of sin isn't sobering at all. It's something we just sort of...do. Like showering. It is habit. It is flippant. As we go about it we lack, in some cases, a serious sense of shame, and acknowledge our sins in the same sort of way we acknowledge we bite our fingernails. [Click title to read more.]

The Convenient Vagueness of Being A “Sinner”

It's easy to call yourself a sinner as a shorthand to mean "hey, I'm not perfect." But it's far harder to confess to the actual sin. To talk about who you are when you aren't Christlike. To admit what imperfection looks like when it crops up in your own life. [Click title to read more.]

No, Satan Is Not Responsible For Your Hangnail

In certain places, the following philosophy is prominent: Satan is responsible for all the bad stuff and everything that doesn't happen how it should. This way of thinking has bothered me for ages for two primary reasons: 1) it relieves humans of responsibility and agency for their own actions and 2) it reduces Satan in some cases to a merry mischief-maker, the Dark Lord of Inconveniences. [Click title to read more.]

What Happens When We Talk About Other People

The judgments we make about others and the opinions we form about them are cultivated in those moments of ownership when, by talking about someone, we feel that their life is rightfully ours to comment on or discuss. Such acts lead to can lead to feelings of superiority and to the idea that we know best. [Click title to read more].

How We Talk About Sin

I worry sometimes that in my own life I fall into the trap of believing there are "acceptable" Christian sins like pride and arrogance and envy. That there are sins that are shameful and sins that are, somehow, not - sins that should be hidden from the world and from others, and sin that it's okay to admit. God has been convicting me about this lately. [Click title to read more.]