Repentance: "To think beyond. To break down and acknowledge reality, causing us to experience healing." We think that Christ
Our over-confidence disappears through sharing and confession and we are much happier when we recognize this. It also gives us a mutual understanding and the serenity that comes from trust.
I am from a nice Jewish home in Cleveland, Ohio. My parents were hardworking, decent people, my grandparents were immigrants
Each year, during the month of Elul and throughout the Days of Awe, Jews assemble to do something that is essentially private: To be able to reflect on our actions and our inactions of the past year, the gap between our aspirations and our behavior, between our integrity and our actuality.
If Trump is truly sorry for his words, he should pull out of the presidential race.
The desire to live up to divine standards can help many religious individuals cultivate successful, lasting relationships and avoid harmful addictions, some research suggests.
Our sages teach that embarrassment at our past deeds, a sense of shame and resulting humility, comes from being deeply aware that we are in the presence of God. It is precisely because we feel that we messed up and can do better, that we can merit elevating our lives.
Southern-born and southern-bred Steve Earle recently composed a song called "Mississippi, It's Time." Along with Steve Earle
Statistical relativity is irrelevant to a Church that claims moral authority. The very fact that these monstrous betrayals happened at all, that some perpetrators were protected, that the safety of children was not always the absolute priority represent a systemic failure of monumental significance.
None of the people I cite or read with favor elsewhere are asking for the old-time, fear-of-hell approach to faith and life. But more and more serious lay-people as thinkers and spiritual leaders are advocating "confession" and "forgiveness" as elements of great potential in our cultures of chaos.
I'm a long way from saying I've achieved this, but I'm far enough into it that I'm skeptical of the idea of achieving anything. If I give up all my lists and checkmarks, then where am I? Maybe I'm just where I'm supposed to BE.
If Christians actually modeled intimacy in singleness and marriage and not fake pictures of happiness and how-tos on managing loneliness, then maybe people would want to know the Christ that we profess and the marriage He defines.
I was supposed to be writing a different sermon when I saw the news that 9 more lives had been lost to white supremacy in Charleston last week. As a white pastor of a predominantly white church in the Midwest, what was I supposed to do?
The church reformer Martin Luther (1483-1546) loves the Latin phrase "Incurvatus in se." It comes from St. Augustine and means to be curved in on oneself. Luther believes that we have a tendency not just to worship our self, but to see the world only according to our own self interest.
Given that "the facts" the United States used to justify the invasion of Iraq were all wrong, most of the presidential candidates have admitted they might not have launched that particular war. What we have yet to hear from presidential candidates or the habitual hawks is the appropriate spiritual response to the war in Iraq: repentance.
We as Americans and others in the West have long overlooked the ways our actions affect the world around us -- both in positive and negative ways. Lent must be a time to reflect and repent -- in our own lives, in our churches, and in our nation. It's time to turn around.
We live in an age where people fact check everything we say and do. If we exaggerate or embellish, people are quick to point it out and we are summarily kicked to the curb.
Marching down the streets of NYC in remembrance of MLK, I thought not of the anger swarming around me, but of the King that Dr. King followed. There is no freedom apart from Jesus, no victory that does not include His name.
Let me be as honest as I can be: If white Christians in America were more Christian than white, black parents could feel safer about their children. It's time for us white Christians to repent -- turn around and go in a new direction.
Just how sophisticated should our game plan be for Yom Kippur?