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The One Thing She Needed

This post comes to us from Will Ryan: Once when I served as a youth minister during seminary, the church received a phone call from the county sheriff’s office. I was the only one in the building, so I answered it. The deputy on the phone detailed a situation. They were called to make a […]

“The Green Light of Forgiveness” Glimmers at the End of Taylor Swift’s Dock in evermore

If Taylor Swift didn’t shock you enough in July when she traded in her usual meticulously planned album campaigns for the unceremonious surprise release of folklore, perhaps she managed to this time around with her second surprise release of 2020. On December 10, Swift announced, just as casually as before, that her ninth studio album, […]

“Can I Ever Be Forgiven?” On the Radical Unity of Sinners

I live in a northern suburb of St. Louis, MO, a city which has been the per-capita homicide capital of the USA for the last several years. In 2020, the city stands a good chance of breaking its previous record, set in 1993 when its population was larger by about 80,000 people. In the ’90s, […]

Robert Farrar Capon on Self-Knowledge and Atonement

“By the Deadness of His Human Mind and Ours, We Are Literally Absolved”

No Mercy: The Bittersweet Victory of Cobra Kai

The Karate Kid, All Grown Up

Exorcising Regrets By Divine Amnesia

We Might Never Forget Our Sins, but God Does

Forty-Eight Years After John Lewis Was Attacked

On the “Quiet Insistence to Do What is Right”

When You Live in Hawaii, You’re Not Allowed to Complain

Conflict in Paradise

Enjoy Your Forgiveness

Thoughts on the Free Gift from Christ

Offensive: On War Crimes and Forgiveness

Im Chaem and Why the World Hates Christianity

Inherited Sin and Family Secrets: A Review of Nora Krug’s Belonging

My husband, overwhelmed by the news cycle a few years ago, re-subscribed to We call it “social media for dead people.” He will tell anyone who asks how interesting this has been for him. He will also tell you that if you are interested in researching your own family histories, you should beware that […]

Taylor Swift and the Ministry of Retribution

True fans of Taylor Swift will smell something fishy about the New York Times headline, “Taylor Swift, Philosopher of Forgiveness.” Because when it comes to Taylor’s philosophy of forgiveness, what songs come to mind? Maybe her early hit “Picture to Burn”? Or its music video in which she fantasizes about breaking into an ex’s house […]