I was joined by psychotherapist and Unitarian Universalist lay minister for a bit of an experiment on the Sin Boldly Program. Patti Henry joined me to discuss a number of topics, but it really ended up only being one interesting article about a Roman Catholic priest who came out as gay to his congregation - to a standing ovation. Patti is admittedly to my left, so there was quite a bit of back and forth. This may be a regular feature of the show, if KPFT is interested. We shall see! For now, the goal was to have a bit more built-in debate.
Why the name “Sin Boldly”? Martin Luther wrote to his friend Philip Melanchthon in 1521: “If you are a preacher of mercy, do not preach an imaginary but the true mercy. If the mercy is true, you must therefore bear the true, not an imaginary sin. God does not save those who are only imaginary sinners. Be a sinner, and let your sins be strong [sin boldly], but let your trust in Christ be stronger, and rejoice in Christ who is the victor over sin, death, and the world.” To sin boldly, therefore, is not to seek unholy living, but to follow the course we believe the Bible demands even if the world is against us. And if and when we sin, trust in an even greater savior.
First Lutheran also publishes a daily podcast called The Scarlet Thread (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-scarlet-thread/id1110938468?mt=2). This podcast is a reading of the appointed texts for the Two-Year Daily Lectionary. After two years, listeners will have heard most of the Old Testament once and most of the New Testament twice. If you are liturgically-minded and want a little more Bible in your life, this is a great podcast for you.