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Confession

Lent provides an opportunity to go knowingly into the wilderness, to visit Jesus as he is being tempted and to gather strength from Jesus’ strength. To have an insight into Jesus’ wilderness journey gives insight into our own. […] Read More

Our journey through Lent mirrors the cheese, mice and mazes in the business fable, ‘Who Moved My Cheese?’ When circumstances change, do we continue on despite the change or do we get angry and frustrated? […] Read More

Our impeachment process could be seen as a kind of collective confession of a dereliction of duty as citizens to defend the Constitution. We must do more than assign wrongdoing; we must enter into collective confession and penance. […] Read More

We can blame social media for the flames of racial tension, however, these platforms only fuel what is already lit in each of us. Racial reconciliation can only be truly addressed when we address ourselves. […] Read More

Racism and prophetic protests against racism are part of the biblical message. I wonder why we hear so few sermons in our churches about this moral issue. Perhaps Glen Stassen and David Gushee (“Kingdom Ethics: Following Jesus in Contemporary Context”) are correct that the dominant white culture (to which I belong) has taken a social […] Read More

Inspiration and insight arise unexpectedly. A column is often birthed as a line in a song stands out. It’s a right-place-at-the-right-time experience. You can’t manipulate or will it to happen. It is impossible to control. As blog articles and news stories about Lent began appearing last week, signaling the beginning of the journey toward Easter, […] Read More

A mission of Sightings and the special mission assigned me here is to relate faith and faiths, as mediated by media, to public life. My sub-mission is to keep suggesting that many, if not most religious “happenings” occur away from polls, “pols” and policies, though we respect and, of course, notice and report on them. […] Read More

I am not Josh Duggar, and I think it is important that my kids know that. A blog titled “I Am Josh Duggar” surfaced recently and made its rounds on social media. The author, Julia Walton, shares that before we judge Josh Duggar so harshly, we would be wise to consider that “we are all […] Read More

A 3,000-year-old question offers an important challenge for Christians today. Coming off a tremendous victory at Jericho, described in Joshua 6, the people of Israel moved on to Ai where the Lord assured them victory as long as they didn’t take any devoted items from Jericho (Joshua 6:18). A man named Achan did not listen […] Read More

Confessions

A se rmon by David Hughes, First Baptist Church, Winston Salem, N.C. Psalm 32:1-7; 1 John 1:5-9Imagine that you keep a personal journal in which you write with absolute honesty about your life. You assume no one else will read this journal so you don’t hold back. You record thoughts, feelings, and actions that frankly […] Read More