What Are Corporate Apologies?

…as a careful, genuinely corporate exercise there can be great value in approving statements of shared repentance, but as a genre of complaint and rebuke, public apologies are normally misguided and misleading. And what does that look like in real life? Here are several questions to ask as you reflect on a statement of corporate repentance or ponder making a corporate apology yourself. Continue reading at The Gospel Coalition.

Know Who You Are Not

If you are in Christ, you are not who you were. As John Newton, a slavetrader turned pastor, once wrote, “I am not what I ought to be, I am not what I want to be, I am not what I hope to be in another world; but still I am not what I once used to be, and by the grace of God I am what I am.” https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/know-who-you-are-not

Confession and Forgiveness

The Seven A’s of Confession: Address everyone involved. Avoid “if,” “but” and “maybe.” Admit specifically. Acknowledge the hurt. Accept the consequences. Alter your behavior. Ask for forgiveness. The Four Promises of Forgiveness: I will not dwell on this incident. I will not bring this incident up and use it against you. I will not talk to others about this incident. I will not allow this incident to stand between us or hinder our personal relationship. Continue reading at The Gospel…

Suicide and Mental Health in the Church

More than half (55%) of churchgoers say people in their community are more likely to gossip about a suicide than to help a victim’s family. And few churchgoers say their church takes specific steps to address suicide or has resources to assist those experiencing a mental health crisis. A quarter (24%) of churchgoers say their church has shared a testimony in the past year of someone who has struggled with mental illness or thoughts of suicide. Fewer (22%) say the…

The Promise Is For You and Your Children

Baptism is an act of faith in the promises of God. If baptism is your testimony that you chose God, then of course it makes no sense to baptize children. They have no clue what is happening to them, no more than Isaac understood why he was being circumcised. But if baptism is God’s promise that through Christ he is willing and able to accept your child, then it is a precious reminder to you and to your children of…