Tuesday, February 15, 2005

On Confession and Sin: Preliminary Thoughts

In the wake of Ash Wednesday, there's an interesting conversation on Alan's blog about the notion of constant repentance, which I've spoken of before. You might check out my ideas if you're interested...

On the nature of sin: Why my sin doesn't separate me from God.

And regarding confession and worship:

Welcome him into the dark places. Don’t try to fix them up. Certainly don’t keep him out of them. Ask forgiveness only for actual sins: brokenness and need are not sins, and do not require apology. If you’ve got an incredible problem that you can’t seem to work out, tell him about it. Not that it will fix anything necessarily, but we need to cultivate a habit just being with Jesus in those places where we are uncomfortable being ourselves. If you’re not sure what to say to him because you just realized he’s not the horrible trickster god you were brought up with, say so. You don’t have to talk beyond that. Don’t make promises, just be there with him.


rose said...

I just wanted to let you know that I am adding your blog to my favorites..so I can read it again. By the way, Brian Mclaren is awesome..Have you read New Kind of Christian?

Kyle said...

Hey thanks, Rose. I appreciate your interest.

I've read a bit of New Kind of Christian, but got distracted by something shiny. I did read More Ready than You Realize and am almost finished with Generous Orthodoxy. He's coming to a local pastor's conference in a couple of months, so I'm eager to hear what he has to say.