Category Archives: Sin

When a Good Man Sins

Yesterday’s post regarding legacy promoted this response and query from a reader.

He shared a story about a church leader he knew who used his time, talent and resources to build the church in his community. This involved his physical as well as spiritual efforts. He was highly respected within the church and the community at large.

However, an egregious sin brought shame and reproach not only upon on him, but on the church where he had labored for so many years and had made such a profound difference. Continue reading

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When Sin Becomes Normalized

Jim McGuire, an alumnus of River Valley High School in Marion County, Ohio, has sparked public outrage over his commencement speech to the graduates last Friday.

“My jaw dropped to the floor, and I honestly thought I was hearing it wrong,” said a 2018 River Valley graduate, Alexis Osipow. She said she was “outraged” and was further dismayed when people were clapping in approval of McGuire’s statement.

So, what did he say that was so outrageous? Continue reading

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What’s the Root Cause?

Last Thursday in an extraordinary exchange between White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki and Fox News reporter Peter Doocy, Paski implied COVID-19 was partly responsible for the recent rise in looting incidents across the country.

“So when a huge group of criminals organizes themselves and they want to go loot a store — a CVS, a Nordstrom, a Home Depot until the shelves are clean — do you think that’s because of the pandemic?” Doocy pressed. Continue reading

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Sin, Salvation, and Acceptance

Every news media outlet carried numerous stories regarding the 20th anniversary of 9/11.

The stories were often personal and poignant involving survivors from the twin towers, or the relatives of those that did not survive. Each was emotionally gripping in its own way.

One that we saw that was interesting and insightful was an interview on Fox News that Neil Cavuto had with an Episcopal Priest, Dr. Russell Levenson from Houston, Texas. Continue reading

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The Danger of Appeasement

Max Lucado, a prolific author and the teaching minister for the Oak Hills Church in San Antonia, Texas, spoke last week at a virtual service for The Washington National Cathedral, a prominent Episcopal church.

His appearance was opposed and generated an online petition signed by 1,500 people demanding the National Cathedral rescind the invitation. Why? Because of Lucado’s view on traditional marriage. Furthermore, they claimed he “has inflicted serious harm” on the LGBT community. Continue reading

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Reaping The Consequences Of Sin

“Do we still reap for all past sins if we are forgiven?”

This question was emailed to me by one of our regular readers, Brenda, back in September and it got put on the back burner during our Fall travels. Since it’s such a good question, one that others can profit from, I’m offering a public answer. Continue reading

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Prescription For A Sin-Sick World

Dr. Richard Swenson is a physician and a futurist, who wrote a 1990’s book entitled, “Margin.” He describes modern society as harried, hassled, and overloaded with no room left for rest.

Dr Swenson observes, “Overload is not having time to finish the book you’re reading on stress. Margin is having time to read it twice. Overload is fatigue. Margin is energy. Overload is red ink. Margin is black ink. Overload is hurry. Margin is calm. Overload is anxiety. Margin is security. Overload is a disease of our day. Margin is the cure.” Continue reading

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When Good People Sin

in 1981, Harold Kushner, a prominent Jewish scholar, wrote “When Bad Things Happen to Good People.” It was a best seller, because we are both troubled and intrigued by that question.

Equally perplexing is “Why do good people sin?” Continue reading

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How To Deal With Grievous Sin

Kent and Barbara Hughes, in their book on ministry, tell of a gifted young preacher who had experienced a moral failure in his ministry.

He borrowed a pickup truck and wheeled in the church parking lot. Everyone watched as he backed across the church lawn to his study door. Refusing any assistance from the members and without any comments, he began emptying his office upon the truck bed. First, he emptied the content of his desk draws. Then His files. And finally his books. “He tossed them carelessly into a heap, many of them flopping askew like slain birds.” Continue reading

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Sin. Sanctification. And the Son of God.

In yesterday’s post, I referred to Jesus as “the sinless Son of God.” In response one of our readers commented: “I am worried about your promotion of Jesus as ‘sinless.’”.

Then she added, “ I know Scripture and Christian teaching affirm Jesus as ‘sinless’”. However, the definition of sin has divided Christians. So perhaps you can write a blog and explain how the Roman Catholics, the Orthodox, and the Protestants see sin and how Jesus and the cross redeem sinners…” Continue reading

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