True confessions: Michael Jinkins, dean of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, says that the pastor of a large evangelical church told him he had decided to do away with a corporate confession in worship services. Itâ€™s too much of a downer, the pastor explained. Jinkins asked him, â€śIsnâ€™t it more of a downer for your people to leave worship without confessing their sins and hearing the assurance of Godâ€™s pardon?â€ť (Cultural Encounters, Winter).
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