Tag Archives: sin and mercy

Getting out of the blame game

There is no place in the believer’s life for blame. Blame is never justified and it never serves a positive function. It is as old as Adam and as prevalent as sin. It’s the way we divert anything incoming that … Continue reading

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The Recovering Pharisee’s Creed

Step 7. Embrace the belief that we are, and will always be, experts at sinning. Ever notice that when we talk about sin and sinners, we are usually referring to someone else’s and someone else? There is an underlying assumption … Continue reading

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Hello, human race

4. Have decided that we don’t want to get what we deserve after all, and we don’t want anyone else to either. Step 4 is a turning point for the recovering Pharisee. The first three steps are negative attitudes we … Continue reading

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Love the sinner

“I am who I am because somebody loved me.”  – Cornel West I’m having trouble with the “love the sinner; hate the sin” thing for a number of reasons.

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Pharisee Alert!

“I understand why sinners sin.” Mylon LeFevre We had such a great time with our friend and brother, Mylon LeFevre, last night on our BlogTalkRadio show, but what stood out to me was this one simple statement: “I understand why … Continue reading

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Facing ourselves

I and I, One says to the other, No man sees my face and lives. – Bob Dylan When I heard that Philip Seymour Hoffman had died from an apparent overdose of heroine, my initial thoughts were about how an … Continue reading

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Of pencils and Pink Pearls

Remember the smell of a freshly sharpened pencil? Or how about a brand new Pink Pearl eraser? Didn’t you always put it to your nose when it first came out of its box? These are all tied to feelings of … Continue reading

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No one righteous, no not one

No one really thinks they’re okay. You can pretty much assume everyone is condemned by his or her own conscience. Paul put it this way: “Even Gentiles, who do not have God’s written law, show that they know his law … Continue reading

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