Need to confess

A review of books on justice and race

The whole church needs to encounter the courage and truthfulness of the fact that God created us good, to love and be loved.


Standing Naked Before God, by Molly Phinney Baskette

Fall books

Molly Phinney Baskette's book is not a robust example of the Christian practice of confession. But she does offer a glimpse into the life of a church that is thriving against the odds.


Fessing up

What do Bill Clinton and Jimmy Swaggart have in common? Each made a spectacular public confession of sexual misconduct.

A Time for Confessing

Academic circles sometimes include a giant who publishes relatively little despite the pleading of students and colleagues. Such a figure was Robert Bertram, whom longtime colleague Edward Schroeder calls, in his grateful foreword, “the most unpublished Lutheran theologian of the twentieth century.”