Commentary on Psalm 25:1-10
Psalm 25 is a model prayer, based on the cries of individuals to God in earlier psalms. It indicates how important it is regularly to recite words that call us to faith and dependence on God.
A Blessing in the Ashes
Ash Wednesday is the subject of a collection including a painting, reflection, poem, and other resources. The author writes about the grief of burying her husband and the power of ashes and dust in God's hands....
A theory of jerks
Are you surrounded by fools? Are you the only reasonable person around? Then maybe you’re the one with the jerkitude, writes Eric Schwitzgebel in this humorous article exploring the theme of jerks, being judgmental, morality, etc.
Advent Hope: Staying Afloat
In this Advent reflection, the author ponders the challenge of offering real hope in the midst of difficult circumstances.
Shame and Our Origin
“Shame is man’s ineffaceable recollection of his estrangement from the origin . . .” An excerpt by Dietrich Bonhoeffer about how shame is woven into the core of our being.
Shame: Shake it Out
"Last time I checked, salvation is not about my goodness but it is about the irresistible grace of God. So shake off that shame..." In this essay, Jes Kast reflects on eliminating shame from life and...
Shame: The First Sting of Sin
This devotional on Genesis 3:7 considers shame as the first sting of sin. Because of sin, we can no longer fully be the beings God created us to be as we try to hide in shame.
This devotion on Genesis 11:30 focuses on the shameful center of Sarai's sad existence, inviting God grace to set us free from shame so that we might live fully and delightfully.
Shame in the Great Depression
This quote from "Freedom from Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945," illustrates the shame experienced by those who lost during the Great Depression, and the way that others' help contributed to their shame.
A clip from the film 'The Heart of Man' that explores how our ideas of shame create a barrier between humanity and God and enable us to perpetuate our wrongdoings.
Sights and Sounds of Lent: Children's Meditations for the Season
Coins, a robe, a basin of water, they can all turn into something special for the season of Lent. One church created children’s Lenten meditations that engage their senses by using these objects and more.
Shame and Shalom
Shame can cause us to hide our deficiencies and mask our shortcomings. In this video, Lisa Sharon Harper shares how confession led her to confront shame and move toward shalom.
Full Text Hymns on Shame
Come to the Place of Grief and ShamePD
Defend Me, Lord, from ShamePD
O the Bitter Shame and SorrowPD
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Honour and Shame
In his blog post, Thomas Goodhart tells the story of "Joe," a dearly beloved congregate. He wonders about the place of personal, cultural, and national shame in the necessity of honouring history and heritage.
Is There a Solution for Shame?
An excerpt from the Atlantic about shame and guilt. Guilt can be resolved by making amends, but the only apparent solution for shame is to cease existing in that moment.
Freedom from shame and fear
Anne H. K. Apple's reflection on Joshua 5:9-12 emphasizes that in every crisis, members of God's community can be bound together by the blessing of freedom from shame and fear, and God's provision is enough.
Crying Shame: Freedom in Forgiveness
Reflecting on the ways that fear, shame and hurt imprison people, M. Craig Barnes invites readers to freely forgive so that they and others may experience true freedom in this message on John 20:19-31.
Hanun Shames David’s Envoys
Hanun’s servants shame David’s envoys by shaving them and cutting their garments. Engraved by L. Fonbonne from the design of Gerard Hoet (1648–1733)
A Shame That We Keep to Ourselves
Miriam Clifford writes that shame isolates us from those who care most about us. Yet the only way to break free of shame’s silencing oppression is to let those who love us be with us.
Jesus Shames the Pharisees
Preaching notes by Scott Hoezee on Matthew 22:34-46: When the Pharisees try to trap Jesus with a basic question, Jesus subtly asserts his divinity and shames the Pharisees with a basic answer.
Finding God in All the Wrong Places: In the Midst of Shame
Like the father of the prodigal sons - God opens his arms to receive the younger brother who repents and to invite the elder brother who refuses to come to the party and “feast on forgiveness.”