Yesterday’s sermon was entitled: A Community of Grace, Joy and Forgiveness. The genesis of my thinking on this subject lies in a phone call I recieved over two years ago from a distraught, hurting young woman. Honestly, in the preparing and even the preaching of the sermon I thought it was one of the worst sermons I had ever put together.
The response from the congregation said otherwise–show’s you what I know. The response was overwheleming in fact!
Anyway, for those of you wanting to dig deeper, I commend to you F. Leron Shults’ The Faces of Forgiveness. Leron is a brilliant scholars with two Ph.D’s. He is also very involved in the Emergent conversation and a native Texan, though you’d never know it when you meet him. Currently, Shults is professor of Theology at Adger University in Norway.