Prayer #8: Sin, Confession, and the Joy of Forgiveness

How joyful is the onewhose transgression is forgiven,whose sin is covered!How joyful is a person whomthe Lord does not charge with iniquityand in whose spirit is no deceit!When I kept silent, my bones became brittlefrom my groaning all day long.For day and night your hand was heavy on me;my strength was drained[a]as in the summer’s …

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Douglas Murray and the Need for Forgiveness in a Culture Where It Seems Impossible

I've been reading Douglas Murray's excellent book The Madness of Crowds: Gender, Race, and Identity. Before the final section of the book, he has an interlude with the title, "On Forgiveness." Given what some call the "Cancel Culture," which seeks to punish people interminably for real or perceived misdeeds or mistakes, his words are particularly …

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Sin, Church Conflict, and the Need for Confession in Public Worship

Over the last five years or so, I have had at least half a dozen pastor friends who have had to leave or resign from their churches on account of various kinds of congregational dysfunction or confict. Even though it's true that I don't know many of the details about these individual stories, it almost …

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