Constantine and Forgiveness

I have been brushing up on some elements of Church history for a lecture I am giving Saturday (you can find more info here). I read about the Roman Emperor Constantine who, though "converting" to Christianity in 312, put off his baptism until near his death in 337. I confess I have not been much... Continue Reading →

Repent You Hypocrite

The most underappreciated element of Advent and Christmas is repentance. John the Baptist preceded Jesus with the message to Israel for "a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins." And this year more than most I think of the need for repentance in preparing for Jesus' arrival at Christmas. I know this is in... Continue Reading →

What is Forgiveness?

I think the best way to take questions of forgiveness is to begin by understanding the need for forgiveness. Forgiveness presupposes that two individuals have in the past had a relationship and that this relationship has been strained or broken. This principle holds true whether we talk of a relationship between humans or a relationship... Continue Reading →

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