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SOTM #11: Forgiveness

August 24, 2010

The 11th part of our SOTM series was taught by SMMC member Dan McDonough, who did a fantastic job with the sermon (titled “Tresspassing”). The text for the week was Matthew 6:12-15:

And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.

13 And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.

14 For if you forgive others when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

There was one statement in particular that Dan shared that I felt was especially powerful, and it centered on the idea that forgiveness brings a taste of heaven to earth. Isn’t that what the SOTM teachings, when embodied, are to do? Forgiveness is another crazy, upside-down practice, but one we sorely need to see more of.

I’d also like to share a link to the website of fellow Anabaptist blogger Eddie Gonzalez, who created a very thought-provoking piece of art on this topic.

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