Manasquan United Methodist Church
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors

Sinning like a Christian: 

A New Look at the Seven Deadly Sins”

by William Willimon

The magazine Scientific American MIND just did a special issue on the science of Sin!! Managing Editor Sandra Upson wrote, 
 
“Everything good in life is illegal, immoral or fattening – or so the saying goes. A few  centuries ago religious authorities sought to codify that sentiment into a handy list, which we know today as the seven deadly sins. … we explore how do those desires take shape  and influence our thoughts, alongside the scientific insights that can help us meet our goals.”
 
How do we as the cover says… “turn temptations into a source of strength” for our new start, our clean slate of 2014? What are the Seven? They are Gluttony, Envy, Lust, Greed, Pride, Wrath and Sloth. William Willimon, a Methodist Bishop from Alabama says,
 
“But the thing that most impresses us about Seven is how utterly ordinary and unspectacular they are. These are the mundane and all-too-human foibles of the human  race in general not of the few utterly depraved. Perhaps there is something in us that wants to believe that ‘sin’ must apply to someone other than ourselves. … This is where we live, this is who we are.”
 
Our All Church NEW Series and Bible Study is “Sinning like a Christian: A New Look at the Seven Deadly Sins” by William Willimon. Electronic Version available online or you can order a $10- book by signing up outside the chapel door.

The Corresponding Bible Study will begin 7 pm Tuesdays January 14 led by Gary Albert and 9am Wednesdays led by Pastor Reggie.