Tag Archives: forgiveness of sins

  1. Do you see this woman? (Luke 7.36-50) [Sermon 2-19-2017]

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    February 17, 2017 by jmar198013

    Jesus wants Simon—and everyone else—to “see this woman.” Because she’s the proof of the parable he’s just told about the two debtors. “This is why I tell you that her many sins have been forgiven,” Jesus says. “So she has shown great love.” The extravagant love she has poured out on Jesus is a sign that she already knows she’s been forgiven. God has released her and welcomed her home. All she’s doing is showing her deep love for the one who unleashed that forgiveness into her life.

  2. Feed us and forgive us (Luke 11.3-4) [Sermon 08-28-2016]

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    August 25, 2016 by jmar198013

    Jesus taught us to pray for our bread; and to pray that we will be forgiving as well as forgiven people. But he also gave us a meal—one we share every week—that binds the story of our forgiveness to the bread we eat.

  3. The practice of reconciliation: reading Matthew 18.15-20 and John 20.19-23 with Stanley Hauerwas and others


    May 22, 2013 by jmar198013

    In John 20.23, Jesus makes the stunning claim that, “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” This seems impossible to square with his insistence that our forgiveness is tightly bound to our forgiveness of others (Matt. 6.12, 14-15; Matt. 18.21-35). However, John 20.23 may make more sense if it is read as a commentary on the moral discernment process Jesus describes in Matt. 18.15-20. Jesus refers to the outcome of this process for dealing with sin and conflict in the church as “binding” and “loosing.” The forgiveness and retaining of sin named in John 20.23 is probably a related idea. In dialogue with John Howard Yoder, L. Gregory Jones, Anne Lamott, and especially Stanley Hauerwas, I conclude that when read in tandem, Matt. 18.15-20 and John 20.19-23 promise the church that when we deal with sin and resolve conflicts through the peaceful process of discerning dialogue with the Spirit of Jesus in our midst, our decisions are decisions that heaven itself can stand behind. You have to “get” Matt. 18.15-20 before you “get” John 20.23.

  4. A Vocation of Reconciliation (2 Cor. 5.14-21): A Table Talk from 4.7.13


    April 8, 2013 by jmar198013

    Being the church means being a people with a vocation of reconciliation. We have been claimed by Christ for God a reconciled and forgiven people so that God might speak forgiveness and reconciliation to the world through our lives.

  5. Making salvation known through the forgiveness of sins (Luke 1.68-79): an Advent Eucharist homily for 12.9.12

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    December 10, 2012 by jmar198013

    The Lord’s Table reminds us that we are a forgiven people, whose vocation in the world is to make salvation known through the forgiveness of sins.



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