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Forgiveness

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I’m guessing we’ve all heard Jesus’ words bunches of times before:

“If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he apologizes, forgive him. Even if he sins against you seven time and turns round seven times and says ‘sorry’ to you, you must forgive him.” Luke 17:3-4

I love how Tom (N.T.) Wright, Bishop of Durham in the Church of England, and author of the …for Everyone series of commentaries on the New Testament puts it:

“When you forgive someone, you are making yourself their servant, not their master. Forgiving someone again and again ought not to get harder and harder; it shouldn’t be a matter of restraining anger for a longer and longer time… If that’s what it’s like, you’ve missed the meaning altogether. The point is that you’re not scoring moral points at all. You are to be humble, to take no advantage of the situation, to give to the other person the generous and welcome forgiveness that (as Jesus indicates on numerous other occasions) God has shown you in the first place. That, after all, is the real source of humility. If in doubt, meditate on God’s grace.”



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Tenoch

posted October 31, 2006 at 2:32 pm


Thank you David Kuo for continuing to keep Jesus at the center of your world view. How sad that the U.S. coninually chooses the path of vengeance instead of forgiveness.



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Jack Calhoun

posted October 31, 2006 at 3:37 pm


Dear David: How courageous your book, and how steady your faith. Have finished my book, Heart, Hands and Feats describing how those anchored in faith keep going–not keep affirming–amidst the political and social roil, AND, of greatest importance, proclaiming a God that does not divide, not “My God is bigger and better than yours…a God who calls me to serve.” So needed, this book at a time when faith separates. Several presses looking at it now. Might you send me the name of your editor? I’d love to send you a few pieces of the book. Stay well. So admire your courage and commitments. Best, Jack Calhoun



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Kevin

posted October 31, 2006 at 3:54 pm


Z, Considering that George Bush could be the antichrist isn’t exactly silly, it’s analytical. I for one believe fully in the Bible, and have come to realise that a full 1/4 of that book is end-times prophecy. I believe that we were given that prophecy so that we would know the signs of the times we live in. Christ said, “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.” I know that it’s risky business to assign a mantle like antichrist to George Bush, and there-by dehumanize him. But his presidency has been wrought with transformation. World-wide, this new century has been plagued with war, famine and natural distasters enough to even give the 20th century a run for it’s money. I believe that we are in the last days, and that antichrist is among us. I believe that antichrist will be more deceptive and hold more power than Javier Solana, and I believe that George Bush best fits the criteria of antichrist. but don’t take my word for it. A man by the name of Stephen Hanchett has believed that George Bush jr. would be the antichrist since 1999. Before voter fraud, before 9-11, before Katrina, before the war on terror. think about that! This is his website: http://www.bushisantichrist.com hope you visit it.



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SkipChurch

posted October 31, 2006 at 6:34 pm


So THAT’S what folks mean by “Christian Nutjob”!



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Pacific231Reloaded

posted November 1, 2006 at 12:29 am


Wow, I must’ve missed SOME post by someone named “Z”.



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Kevin

posted November 1, 2006 at 3:05 am


out of context my post does seem a bit whacky. I was referring to a conversation on a post from 10/30 that has since been deleted. zero=infinity was the person I was responding to. In the eariler post I questioned if David had ever considered the possibility that George Bush could be the antichrist…I’m not sure if he is considering the possibility or giving me the hush treatment. In response to SkipChurch, I say that a christian nutjob is one that burns down an abortion clinic and calls that christian behavior, or someone that makes their child hold up a sign saying “God Hates Fags”, or even anybody who still believes that God told Bush that he would find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. I for one strongly believe in God, and I also know that God does not lie.



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Alex

posted November 1, 2006 at 3:56 am


David, I’m a big fan of NT Wright and have read every book so far in his COQG series. Can you tell me where this quote is from? Thanks.



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Don Bailey

posted November 4, 2006 at 2:42 am


In a comment above, J-Walking said: “Ted Haggard may or may not be an exception, no matter what the news brings in the coming hours. But since he has spent so much time lately focusing on “politics”, his private sins may further involve Jesus in matters that Jesus might well have wanted to avoid….” then he said. “But so long as the conversation remains a “political conversation”, Jesus loses”. (Emphasis mine.) I say “politics” = “political conversation”



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