Posts Tagged With: Forgiveness

Is Friday Really Good?


Good Friday.

What an unusual name to give this day. I know I’m not the first to make that observation, nor will I be the last, but if we read the accounts of this day that we find in the Gospels, it can be said to be anything but good. The stories are of heartache, violence, power struggles, and execution. A mother loses her first-born son, and many followers lose the very thing they had hoped in for several years. For us to call this day good seems strange. Continue reading

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Reinventing Reconciliation

Helping a church in conflict has served to remind me how difficult and misunderstood reconciliation is. Some people seem to believe that reconciliation is a weak, cowardly response to whatever wrongdoing is at hand. Instead of addressing the wrong, they believe that reconciliation is a cop-out:  “Don’t worry about it! It’s all good. Let’s just be friends.”  Therefore they fight against reconciliation, or at least stand idly by hoping for it to pass. Others view reconciliation as a one-sided venture. “Well, the way I see it that person did me wrong. I hope that some day they come here to reconcile with me.” Continue reading

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The cross and capital punishment

Yesterday, the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency for one of Georgia’s death row inmates, Roy Blankenship. Not long ago, they granted him a temporary stay of execution in order for DNA testing to be done, testing that was unavailable to him in the first trial, but thanks to an insufficient sample that was in evidence, that test came back inconclusive, meaning they are no more sure today than they were before. So the execution is back on, for Thursday at 7:00PM. Continue reading

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