Peter W. Marty is publisher of the Century and senior pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport, Iowa.
The cross is anything but a success story. Failure and disappointment are at the heart of Christianity.
Those of us who sought to change the congregation's communion practice met with indifference. So late one Saturday I took matters into my own hands.
My friend the public defense attorney doesn't teach her clients to evade error. She helps them acknowledge it—and stop pretending.
When I was assigned to fourth-grade safety patrol, I relished this first whiff of raw power. Of course, I had no authority whatsoever.
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