Christian Piatt 9-03-2013
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I had a series a while back about the Christian Cliches that we should drop from our lexicon, and since then I’ve had people ask what they should be saying instead. So here’s a list of handy phrases to help bring followers of Jesus into a post-Christendom, 21st-century world. 


    Stephen Mattson 7-24-2013
    Apology text, chevanon / Shutterstock.com

    Apology text, chevanon / Shutterstock.com

    Jesus never said “I’m sorry.” Sure, when he was being crucified, he cried out: “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing (NIV).” But technically he was apologizing on behalf of others and not for a sin he actually committed.

    Apologizing is one of the only Christian virtues Jesus didn’t do himself.

    Maybe this is why Christians rarely hear sermons or teachings about apologizing to non-Christians. Mainstream Christian culture teaches the opposite: believers are always right. The inner-circle perception is that Christians don’t make mistakes — only non-Christians do. 

    As children we’re taught to apologize for lying, stealing, hitting our little brother, budging in line, cheating on a test, and swearing (among other things). Most people with common decency apologize to each other for these trivial wrongdoings, but when it comes to spiritual things — especially on a widespread and corporate level — Christians rarely apologize to people beyond their faith.

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    Jim Wallis 11-24-2009
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    Soong-Chan Rah 11-06-2009
    Without trying to be too presumptuous about the resolution of an ongoing story, I'm doing some personal reflection on the last few days.
    Jim Wallis 9-17-2009
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    Jim Wallis 7-29-2009
    I have been away for the last couple of weeks, first for a family wedding and reunion on a lake in northern Michigan, and then at the Chautauqua conference center in rural New York state.
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