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What is one belief, practice or element of Christianity that we must hold onto and live out more fully so that Christianity can move forward and truly impact the world in the next 100 years?
I have some ability to be flexible in worship. Note that I said “some.” I don’t want to overstate this. But the one practice that I can’t do without is corporate confession of sin. When worship doesn’t have confession, or when the confession is completely upbeat, it just doesn’t feel like worship to me.
I serve a primarily progressive congregation and there are many people in the pews who would love it if I ditched the Prayer of Confession. “It’s depressing.” “It makes me feel like a sinner.” “I don’t like it.”
In my most pastoral voice, I respond, “good. That’s what it is supposed to do. Isn’t it a gift? I love confession!!!”