Forgiving the Church: An Acceptance of Imperfection?

Forgiving the Church: An Acceptance of Imperfection?

by JON TSCHANZ Maybe it's you or maybe it's someone you know - someone close to you. Maybe it was your best friend or a family member. My guess is you know someone who was hurt by a church. I grew up in church, but like so many, have also been hurt. I never found church as a place where I could be completely honest. People always tried to tell me what to do instead of challenging myself to think through tough questions. It was also a place where I was taught to…Read more
Forgiving Systems?

Forgiving Systems?

BY JON TSCHANZ Forgiving something that isn't human sounds like an odd task. Professor David Kelly from Stanford's D School tells the story of his 3rd grade friend Brian who was making a horse out of clay that his teacher kept under the sink. As he began to create, one of the girls at his table said, "That's terrible, that doesn't look anything like a horse!" So Brian wadded up the clay and David Kelly says he never saw him do that, again. There are systems in our world that do this very…Read more
Leaky Water Jugs

Leaky Water Jugs

BY JON TSCHANZ When it's no longer a risk to be a Christian, movements happen--movements of people who take risks to understand their Christianity in a new way. The 3rd century was no different, as for the first time in history, Christianity was made an official religion. Instead of being tortured or even killed for being a Christian, now everyone was a Christian, no matter what you believed or did. Because of this, a group of Christians began to live an ascetic lifestyle, fasting for prolonged periods and refusing the other material needs…Read more
Stepping Into Forgiving Ourselves

Stepping Into Forgiving Ourselves

BY JON TSCHANZ "Two of the most powerful words in the English language are 'Me, too.'" - Brene Brown Forgiveness is an odd thing in our culture. It's often looked at as weak or giving in. Violence, revenge and redemptive justice are often used as the powerful thing, the right thing and the normal thing. It's quite interesting, then, that when Jesus is resurrected after being crucified in the ultimate form of judgment and violence (on a cross), that he does not forge revenge for those who did that to him. Instead he…Read more