A final quote from Will Willimon’s book about preaching to confront racism. The soundness of his treatment is demonstrated in the applicability of what he is writing about to the breadth of human sin, while never diminishing the specific and important subject that is the focus of his book. He is not simply using a …

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Early on I observed that some people really seemed to take a form of pleasure from preaching that made them feel bad. It seems for a particular type of church goer (and even some genuine Christians) they didn’t differentiate between feeling bad and repentance. Feeling bad (in either a general or specific sense) appeared to …

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Sin, any sin, recognised and repented of properly brings us in humility and dependence to God. Sin wrongly recognised and repented of will result in efforts to set things right, in ourselves, and more usually in others. After all, we’re much better at seeing the failings of others. And when you put a person in …

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That which is often portrayed as a love of freedom is really an adoration of autonomy. Freedom builds communities because it can only operate where there is trust. Autonomy fragments communities because it must view others as either threats to autonomy or the means to expressing it. In the Gospel there is freedom. This is …

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