What do we do when the trite platitudes of the church—the ones that say God won’t give you more than you can handle or that our trials only make us stronger—show themselves to be wildly inadequate?
This week at New Wineskins, we’ll continue our Fall Kickoff Series on Forgiveness as the Root of Liberation by considering what Nadia Bolz-Weber calls the “chosen powerlessness” of forgiveness.
In at least two places in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus seems to imply that in order to be forgiven, one must first forgive others. But is there a quid pro quo for divine forgiveness? Is forgiveness conditional?
Despite much of Christianity’s hyper-individualistic focus on forgiveness as a cosmic get-out-of-jail-free card, there’s much more to the biblical narrative than manipulative atonement theories.
During the next few weeks, we’ll peel back the platitudes and explore the ways that forgiveness is at the root of the gospel precisely because it’s at the root of liberation.
What do we really know about the Resurrection? What did it mean to the first followers of Jesus, and how does that impact our lives today?
But what if forgiveness is actually a way of making us more free? What if it’s a key that unlocks something remarkable in us, that allows us to take relationships even deeper?