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Although many conservative white evangelicals decry social justice, using terms like “social justice warrior” as a pejorative, it’s impossible to separate it from the Kingdom of God. Let’s explore what the Bible means by justice. […] Read More

One of the persisting questions in theological interpretation is what actually happened to our forebears as sin entered the world. A long tradition speaks of “total depravity,” which means we are rendered incapable of any good as our wills are in bondage to evil. Others will speak less of an intensive view – as rotten […] Read More

During my formative years, sin was pretty easy to identify if not avoid. Sin was playing poker, drinking beer, missing a church service (without going to another on vacation and bringing a bulletin for proof), holding baseball practice on Wednesday night, lusting over Raquel Welch and a few other “don’ts” and a “do” or two. […] Read More

Michael Moroz, a high school student and editor of his school newspaper, missed a few days of school in early January because of threats made against his life. The lethal reaction resulted from an editorial Moroz ran, along with an opposing viewpoint penned by one of his peers, criticizing student protests at the University of […] 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

The seven “deadly sins” are well known to most, and many make perfect sense. Of course anger is a deadly sin. News stories about road rage and disgruntled workers shooting former co-workers remind us of the deep anger that permeates society. Envy has destroyed many relationships and on a national level can lead to war. […] Read More

A friend asked me recently if the corporate church had ever publicly denounced and repented of the sins of its past. I found this to be a novel idea, and I’ve begun thinking about the Christian church’s collective sins during the Lenten season. What would it look like for the church to walk down the […] Read More

A sermon by Jim Somerville, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Richmond, Va. March 16, 2014 The Second Sunday in Lent John 3:1-17 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son […] Read More

Where is the best place to visit to become convinced of humanity’s sinfulness? One’s answer would likely be determined by factors such as personal experience or definition of sin. For example, Walter Rauschenbusch, offering a social perspective, defined sin as selfishness. I think of Rauschenbusch’s definition often when I am driving or shopping. While driving, […] Read More

A sermon delivered by Joel Snider, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Rome, Ga., on September 30, 2012. Genesis 3 Meditation Text: The consciousness of sin is the essential condition for understanding Christianity.  This is the very proof of Christianity’s being the highest religion.  No other religion has given such a profound and lofty expression of our […] Read More