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Forgiving Dylan Roof — Is It Christian or Racist?

We are mistaken if we see forgiveness as a great ending to this tragedy.

Cheap grace: Rep. Todd Akin is so very, very sorry

AP In this Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012 photograph, Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., and his wife Lulli, talk with reporters while … Continued

On Ash Wednesday, Episcopalians take it to the streets

Five years ago, the Rev. Teresa K.M. Danieley had an epiphany of sorts. If people can grab breakfast on the … Continued

Condemn Terry Jones for what?

What are we supposed to condemn Terry Jones for? And, while we are at it, who is the “we”? Until … Continued

President Bush meets Pastor Bonhoeffer (in 600 pages!)

By Gustav Niebuhr How many Americans, over their first cup of coffee of the day, ask themselves, “I wonder what … Continued

America’s fickle faith consumers

By G. Jeffrey MacDonaldjournalist, minister, author We Christians have been hearing a lot of advice lately from public figures who … Continued

“On what planet do you spend most of your time?” Congressman Barney Frank asks a young woman at a recent … Continued

Grace in the Gospel

Why do so many American politicians — from Bill Clinton to Mark Sanford — use religious language when they make … Continued

Cheap Grace in Senate’s Apology for Slavery

Last week, the U.S. Senate passed “S. Con. Res. 26: Apologizing for the enslavement and racial segregation of African-Americans“. This … Continued

Vengeance is Mine, Sayeth the Lord

It’s a good thing I believe that judgment and forgiveness belong to God and do not depend on human action, … Continued

WWJD? Forgive

Jesus taught Christians to forgive, but it is not easy to do. On the cross, Jesus prayed, “Father forgive them … Continued

Cheap Apologies and Unearned Forgiveness

We live in the age of the non-apologetic apology. In public and private life, Americans have become accustomed to the … Continued

Unforgiving? Talk to Jesus

Taking off from Max Scheler, on whom Pope John Paul II wrote his doctoral dissertation: the “offender” has to ask … Continued