Forgive Us Our Sins (And Theirs, Too)

After the editorial against Trump, I was all set to drop my subscription to CT as an expression of my strong protest. Now, I just finished reading, cover to cover, the March 2020 CT and thought, “How can I, a sinner, condemn all the hard work of all those on the staff at CT who are doing their best to inspire, teach, and minster to us readers, when Jesus has forgiven my mistakes?”

Since I discovered Daniel’s prayer in Chapter 9 about 60 years ago, it has been one of my favorite prayers in Scripture. The article was outstanding. But my real response is this: People, including Christians, are so judgmental. I can’t stand judgmental people … which, of course, makes me one. “Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin” (Rom. 7:24–25).

Us Vs. Us

In our work consulting churches, we have seen a growing increase of disrespect among believers. The influence from our world is subtle and divisive. Thank you for your delicate and thoughtful words.

Why German Evangelicals Are Praising God in English

It should be pointed out that most evangelical/charismatic churches still sing in German, with maybe one or two English-lyric songs included in the worship lineup. Hannah Fischer’s assertion that she finds it “awkward … to be a Christian here. … and I could never praise God like that in my language,” is not the case for most young Germans who do worship and praise God in their mother tongue.

If your church is an international, urban, hipster church, singing in English is self-evident. But ...

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