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What Can Be Done About the Overwhelming Burden of “Macro-Guilt”? Noah Stepro suggests that one way to reduce the burden of macro guilt (felt responsibility for all the tragedies of the world) is to focus on working for justice and showing mercy in one's own neighborhood. Resource type: Practical How-To | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Noah Stepro How Not to Make Justice into a Program The second post in a series about how to "not make justice into a program at your local church." It addresses the issue of separation between personal and social salvation and its two, main theological underpinnings. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: David Fitch Guilt and The Shawshank Redemption An in-depth reflection for preachers on the spiritual themes in the Shawshank Redemption. We all prefer to think of ourselves as relatively good people; only by acknowledging the depth of our guilt can we be reborn. Resource type: Audio/Video | Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching | Author: Roy Anker The Willardian Correction JR Rozko summarizes some of the ways Dallas Willard's theology offers corrections to evangelicalism. Rozko discusses the difference between faith and belief, the problems with gospels of sin management, and Willard's doctrine of God. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: JR Rozko Lessons From a Muslim Slum This sermon illustration uses the author's personal experience of living in a slum to demonstrate that we need to remain close to other human beings, both rich and poor, to experience and understand our own humanity. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Trudy Smith Solving the Riddle of Comfortable Guilt "Why do we have comfortable guilt, and how can we change our habits to be rid of it?" Resource type: Article | Source: The Christian Reflection Project | Author: Patricia Snell Herzog A Curious Creature: On Guilt A short essay on guilt: In looking into the past, we can even surprise ourselves, discovering our faults and mistakes, so we must learn to face our guilt, but then to let it go. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Day1 | Author: Tripp Martin The Guilt Offering "Repentance by the sinner, not prosecution by the authorities, is the basis of the guilt offering." This commentary on explores how the text relates to faith and work. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: Theology of Work Project From “Worst-Case Scenario” as a Parent to Transformational Encounter with Jesus Matt Tebbe relates an anecdote from being a parent and connects it to practical lessons: repentance from one's own sin, "casting vision of identity rather than castigating behavior," and engaging children's imagination in prayer. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Matt Tebbe Proclaiming the Gospel: Overcoming the Post Billy Graham Syndrome David Fitch suggests three approaches for today's evangelism: move beyond presenting the gospel as a formula; use Christus Victor rather than substitution as a metaphor for the atonement, and proclaim rather than explaining. Resource type: Practical How-To | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: David Fitch Guilt Trip in a Sermon? Oscar Handlin offers an illustration about a sermon that placed guilt on the congregation. The sermon illustration is appropriate for Leviticus 10:10-11, Isaiah 57:14, and Malachi 2:7. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Oscar Handlin Full Text Hymns on Guilt Bless the Lord, my Soul©
Laden with guilt, and full of fearsPD
The Weight of Past and Fruitless GuiltPD
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Compulsive "Sinner" Cures His Guilt but Not His Sin A sermon illustration by Phillip Griffin describing the story of a man with compulsion who got cured of his guilt but not his compulsiveness. This illustration can be used for topics like sin, self-deception, and repentance.... Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Philip Griffin Guilt Is a Warning An illustration about how natural gas was given an "odorant" in order for people to smell natural gas and prevent explosions. This is similar to how guilt can warn us of potential dangers. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today Guilt-Ridden Murderer Turns to God A sermon illustration with a testimony from a man who committed murder about guilt and his need for God. His faith and God's presence help him to move forward from his feelings. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today Abortion Guilt Removed This sermon illustration for Psalm 103:12, Ephesians 3:12, or Isaiah 43:25 uses the testimony of a woman carrying enormous guilt and shame over an abortion to demonstrate the life-changing power of God's forgiveness through Christ. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Lee Strobel Three Jesus-Inspired Ways to Respond to the Election In response to a political election, this article offers four ways to counteract injustice by following Jesus' example: Lamenting, using our position to challenge the system, giving away power, and obeying God's commands. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Ruthie Johnson Religion Is on the Decline but Guilt Persists David Brooks points out that despite the decline of religion in modern life, guilt has not gone away - and many people have lost the sense that grace and forgiveness are available. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: David Brooks The Wisdom of Ashes: Understanding Ash Wednesday The ritual of Ash Wednesday points us to resurrection and the death of despair; it is a call to embrace weakness; to repent (aligning oneself with God's nearness), and to do the work of incarnational mission.... Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Rich Villodas Mark Twain's Wrong View of Guilt Describing the interior guilt experienced by Mark Twain, Andrew Levy's sermon illustration describes the burden of living without believing in God's mercy. This illustration suits Proverbs 28:13, 1 John 5:4, 1 John 1:8-10, and other passages. Resource type: Sermon Illustration | Source: Preaching Today | Author: Andrew Levy
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