What I Learned from Same-Sex Abuse Inside the Church
My church mishandled my case. Yours doesn’t have to.
Surely now that she was a formal leader, they would see that the need for repentance was all the greater. 7. Recognize that remorse is not the same as repentance.
Practicing Advent in a Time of Turbulence
As our nation deals with division and distrust, how do we approach this liturgical season?
churches, Advent is a penitential season, a “little Lent.” In Western liturgical traditions, we emphasize preparation for Christ's coming, which certainly involves repentance but also entails
How to Help a Friend Through a Dying Marriage
Christians should be ready to care for those in the aftermath of divorce without making their pain worse.
She quietly backed away from her former church, in hopes that her husband would be free to experience repentance and heal in the midst of a community of believers.
Blessed Are the Unsatisfied
We often assume that loneliness and dissatisfaction are symptoms of spiritual failure. But what if they’re signs of healthy faith?
After a time of deep repentance and prayer, he committed himself to God's mission; then, when his preaching actually made his audience repent and turn toward God, Jonah was so
‘Queen Esther Inspired Me to Speak Up,’ Says Nassar Victim
A biblical role model prompted Larissa Boyce to stand against her abuser. Her church supports her story.
the bitterness to fester inside her. Boyce's father, William Mitchell, also tried to push Nassar to think about repentance. “The spiritual question for you, Larry
God’s Message on ‘Ash Valentine’s Day’: True Love Dies
When the first day of Lent falls on a romantic holiday, love and death meet up.
In the words of the Book of Common Prayer, we are called to “self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God's holy Word
Women Speak Up in #SilenceIsNotSpiritual Campaign
Leaders from Lynne Hybels to Jen Hatmaker want evangelical churches to take a more proactive position on behalf of victims.
There is no institution with greater capacity to create protected spaces for healing and restoration for survivors, as well as confession, repentance and rehabilitation for perpetrators.”.
Racial Difference Without Division
The power of an ethnicity-honoring witness.
Because I've seen Jesus bring healing, repentance, and deeper commitment to ethnic reconciliation and justice, I am hopeful that the church can be what it was meant to be
When ‘You’re Pregnant’ Feels Like Bad News
How can the church help those who are grieving motherhood?
21). In terms of these desires, encouraging honesty doesn't mean overlooking sin, but rather humbly and gently calling each other to repentance. But
Let the Pregnant Grads Walk
How we treat pregnant teens reveals more about us than them.
Their repentance is evidence of God's life at work in them and is an obvious demonstration that they have chosen life instead of death and death-dealing ways (Deut.
10 Things Sexual Assault Victims Want You to Know
When I posed a question about abuse on Facebook, I was inundated with responses.
In the next couple of weeks, he went to the youth pastor of the church and told him that we had sex and that he was terribly guilty over it and that he was seeking repentance.
Sibling Rivalry: From Childhood to the Church
Will they—or will we—ever stop fighting?
We do not work toward repentance and forgiveness to become family. It is one that requires more humility, more repentance, and more grace than we believe ourselves capable of.
In a time of digital consumption, here’s how the church can lead the way on healthy media fasting.
For 40 days, we set aside distractions and vices in order to practice self-denial, focus on repentance, seek clarity in prayer, and pursue intimacy with God and others.
Why Advent Is More Jewish Than You Think
As a Messianic Jew, I see the rich origins of this liturgical season.
Advent was originally intended to be a season of repentance much like Lent and became part of the Christian calendar after the church adopted a fixed date for Christmas (in the fourth
Fighting with My Husband and the Work of Shalom
Do I proclaim radical love for the world even as I neglect to care for those closest to me?
And it takes faith to believe that God is making us into people— slowly, through repentance—who are capable of saying to the world through our lives, “Peace of Christ to you.”.
How to Discipline in Love
(Even when your child makes you really, really mad.)
for them is untouched by their disobedience. We can also model repentance when our anger expresses itself rashly. We can confess it to our children
When Does the Bible Allow Divorce?
Scripture’s guidance for broken, hurting marriages
and there is no repentance or willingness to look at that and how that's affected the marital bond and the bond of trust.” While some biblical interpreters may not agree with her
Forgiveness: It's Not as Simple as It Sounds
Unpacking—and living—what the Bible really says
such as physical, emotional, or sexual abuse) cannot be trusted nor can we agree to relational engagement with them—at least not until there is evidence of real sorrow and repentance
The Gender Conversation We Aren’t Having
Why sexism deserves more attention than the complementarian-egalitarian debates.
about our sin and need, or brothers and sisters in our churches loving, listening, and learning from each other, together addressing sexism and seeking repentance and reconciliation.