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Faced With Hypocrisy

You're probably ready for a blistering attack on a church or church member. Sorry, it's all about my own hypocrisy.

I'm reading The Art and Craft of Biblical Preaching for a class. It's a compilation of articles on preaching from people such as Haddon Robinson, Bill Hybels, Rob Bell, etc. It's a good resource. Well, I came across an article by none other than Ted Haggard. My first reaction? Skip over this, whatever he wrote has been discredited by his recent behavior, no need to waste time.

As I thought about it, that initial reaction really disgusts me. If we are going to talk about being discredited by sin, no one is worthy of listening to. I would hope people wouldn't tune me out because of the selfishness, judgmentalism, and pride that I oftentimes exhibit. Why shouldn't I extend the same grace to Haggard that I hope to receive for myself?


Anonymous said…
I appreciate your sentiments. Mine the same. Casual smugness that leads to raw judgmentalism might just be the fundamental sin of our time---or maybe it's just me.
Anonymous said…
What Class is this for? I thought you had graduated...are you doing another degree?
trevan said…

I'm just finishing up my MDiv still. Done tomorrow!!!!!

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