First I needed to meet a progressive, gracious God.
How can a people paralyzed by facing its history move forward?
Begin Again’s call to repentance is, like Baldwin’s own language, substantially Christian.
Susan Neiman considers how Americans might learn from Germany.
Robert Heaney believes the first step is penance.
Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Graham Hill challenge churches to embrace nine practices of active faith.
It can prompt repentance, anyway—if we let it.
The headlines spoke of nationalism and war. Barth proclaimed a living God who calls for repentance.
We gave our readers a one-word writing prompt: “surprise.”
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Imprisonment in this country is long on punishment and shamefully short on rehabilitation.
No white person ever wants to think of themselves as racist. And that is precisely part of the problem, no white person ever thinks of themselves as racist. Each white person is the innocent exception to the rule, even when confronted with the realities that our society is thoroughly racialized.
In my younger, decidedly anti-Christian days, I did not like the way Christians asked God for mercy. It reinforced my idea that “the Christian God” was cruel and punishing. After all, if God was a loving and compassionate God, one would not have to beg for mercy. And if God was cruel and punishing but at the same time righteous and just, then human beings were clearly bad and unworthy. This whole system of thought—shameful people and cruel God—made me want to stay far, far away from Christianity and Christian churches.
To say "earth to earth" is a good thing, we have to believe it's really going to happen.
In a culture that finds repentance unintelligible, impractical, or unnecessary, we are called to witness to its intelligibility, beauty, and importance.