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New series on sin begins Saturday

It was one of those conversations not easily forgotten. “Greg,” a female colleague assured me, “when it comes to theology, I look at how most people are leaning, and I lean the other way.”

My professor friend understood that balance is a key to maintaining truth in the church. These days, I hear many extolling God’s soft side, lifting up grace and love. After all, isn’t that what good news is all about? But if we speak only about the solution and never about the problem, aren’t  we in danger of making salvation a remedy for an illness people don’t even know they have? The evil we have never acknowledged is the evil we are powerless to overcome.

Have we bought into the lie that people are by nature good? In our world of “I’m O.K. and you’re O.K.,” it’s time to remember that none of us is O.K. Left to our own devices, we’re all desperately  evil. That’s a nearly forgotten message, but profoundly biblical. For the sake of balance, it’s time to lean in the other direction. It’s time to face the bad news.

Enter Henry Fairlie’s The Seven Deadly Sins Today (Notre Dame Press, 1979). Chris Pollock, Senior High pastor at Bethany First Church of the Nazarene, recommended it, and at long last, Chris, I’m diving in! The book is divided into nine chapters. Beginning on Saturday, we’ll look at one chapter per week. I’m hoping that God will use this study as a mirror, showing me areas in my life where sin may still have a foothold, areas where God’s power still needs to cleanse and transform me.

How about you? Care to join me on the journey? See you Saturday!


Greg is interested in many topics, including theology, philosophy, and science.

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