The familiar interpretation that Jesus' sacrifice "pays the debt" of human sin contradicts the authentic message of the Good News, says the Rev. Jason Valendy. more

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For the Church, the discussion around sexual harassment is even more complex, because the church has abandoned its historic theology of human sin in favor of political language, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt more


The trouble with patriotism is that it doesn't allow for repentance from national sin, writes the Rev. Jason Valendy. more


Goodhearted Woman

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The word from God comes to us sinful humans in unexpected ways that we can only hear if we're truly listening, writes the Rev. Richard Lowell Bryant. more

Practicing Faith

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We ignore our capacity for evil at our peril, writes the Rev. Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt. more


There's sin and there's evil; they're not the same thing, and we fail to be the church of Jesus Christ when we mistake one for the other, writes the Rev. Dan R. Dick. more

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Angry God

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Is God Offended by Our Sin?

As Lent approaches, the Rev. Morgan Guyton looks at two understandings of the nature of sin, and concludes that their interpretation isn't based so much on God's nature, but on our own. more

Feb 3, 2015 11:46 AM Morgan Guyton


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In a ruined load of laundry, the Rev. Deborah Coble Wise finds a parable for the number-one spiritual ailment of the 21st century -- people's inability to let go of their guilt over past sins. more

May 4, 2014 7:02 PM Deborah Coble Wise

Sin and the Christian Life: A Response to Rachel Held Evans

While he applauds much of what she says, Professor Kevin Watson disputes the view of popular evangelical blogger Rachel Held Evans that sin is inevitable for Christians despite salvation. more

Aug 16, 2013 5:11 PM Kevin Watson 2 Comments

Can We Define Sin as "That Which Causes Death?"

The Rev. Morgan Guyton invites us to consider how theologian Jon Sobrino's definition of sin -- that which causes death -- applies to the social, economic and political systems in which we're all a part. more

Jun 14, 2013 8:23 AM Morgan Guyton 2 Comments