What the forgiveness in Charleston requires of us

It is a wonderful and important turn of events that relatives and friends of the victims of the shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal are showing forgiveness toward the shooter. Relatives of the nine people shot down during a Bible study session inside their historic black church confronted the 21-year-old suspect Friday during his initial […]

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Mondays with MacDonald (on the punishment of our enemies)

The severest punishment that can be inflicted upon the wrong-doer is simply to let him know what he is; for his nature is of God, and the deepest in him is the divine. Neither can any other punishment than the sinner’s being made to see the enormity of his injury, give satisfaction to the injured. […]

Monday, May 16th, 2011

“God does not take away life”: a case of confirmation bias?

To get much out of this post, you need to read or already be familiar with the following story from 2 Samuel 14.1-14: Now Joab son of Zeruiah perceived that the king’s mind was on Absalom. Joab sent to Tekoa and brought from there a wise woman. He said to her, ‘Pretend to be in mourning; […]

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Mondays with MacDonald (on ineffectual repentance)

Strange righteousness would be the decree, that because a man has done wrong—let us say has done wrong so often and so much that he is wrong—he shall for ever remain wrong! Do not tell me the condemnation is only negative—a leaving of the man to the consequences of his own will, or at most […]

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Mondays with MacDonald (on divine forgiveness)

A man will say: “I forgive, but I cannot forget. Let the fellow never come in my sight again.” To what does such a forgiveness reach? To the remission or sending away of the penalties which the wronged believes he can claim from the wrong-doer. But there is no sending away of the wrong itself […]

Monday, October 18th, 2010