Confession: Doorway to Forgiveness

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Once a defining feature of Christian life, the practice of Confession was abandoned by many people in the last few decades of the twentieth century, but now is coming back to life with the recognition that, without an acknowledgment of sin and the longing for forgiveness and reconciliation, the Gospel makes little sense. In Confession Jim Forest offers a moving and helpful reappraisal of this neglected sacrament, drawing on scripture, the lives of the saints, and a wealth of ...
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Overview

Once a defining feature of Christian life, the practice of Confession was abandoned by many people in the last few decades of the twentieth century, but now is coming back to life with the recognition that, without an acknowledgment of sin and the longing for forgiveness and reconciliation, the Gospel makes little sense. In Confession Jim Forest offers a moving and helpful reappraisal of this neglected sacrament, drawing on scripture, the lives of the saints, and a wealth of person stories.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781570753862
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.41 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction ix
A Three-Letter Word 1
Foundations 12
A Short History of Confession 19
Basic Stories 44
The Son Who Returns 46
The Man Who Was Forgiven, Then Healed 52
The Woman Caught in Adultery 56
The Pharisee and the Tax Collector 60
The Woman Who Washed the Feet of Christ with Her Tears 63
The Raising of Lazarus 66
Standing at the Four Crossroads 78
Tools for Examining Conscience 90
Key Elements in Confession 94
Tools of Self-Examination 95
The Ten Commandments 95
The Beatitudes 101
The Last Judgment 108
The Prayer of Ephraim the Syrian 111
Finding a Confessor 116
True Confessions 130
A Sermon on Confession 159
Psalms to Read in Preparing for Confession 161
Psalms for after Confession 166
Notes 169
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