Charlie Brown (aka Charles Schultz): Sometimes I lie awake at night, and ask, 'Where have I gone wrong?' Then a voice says to me, 'This is going to take more than one night.'
Preparing to preach on confession of sin, centering on Proverbs 28:13 - "He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy." In preparation, I returned to that rich little classic, Bonhoeffer's Life Together. Two of his insights into confession and community: 1) Without confession of sins, there is... Continue Reading →
From Leif Enger's excellent Peace Like a River: I began to weep...weeping seems to accompany repentance most times. No wonder. Could you reach deep in yourself to locate that organ containing delusions about your general size in the world - could you lay hold of this and dredge it from your chest and look it... Continue Reading →
Rober Farrar Capon, explains "absolution" in the Parables of Grace, page 39: [Absolution] "is neither a response to a suitably worthy confession, nor the acceptance of a reasonable apology. Absolvere in Latin means not only to loosen, to free, to acquit; it also means to dispose of, to complete, to finish. When God pardons, therefore,... Continue Reading →