Continuing the series of discussions on the Beatitudes, Matt, Alastair, and Derek come to “Blessed are the merciful.” Mercy is a virtue that has enormous possibilities for social transformation. It is so central to God’s identity and to ours as His creation. But what is the relation of mercy to justice? And what is the relation of mercy to forgiveness? What does the structure of Scripture teach us about mercy?


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Timestamps:

The Discount Continues [0:00]

It’s like L’Abri. [0:45]

The Merciful [1:58]

Mercy is the very context of Christianity and Judaism. [4:01]

What sets Mercy apart? [11:32]

Worries About Mercy [18:16]

The Example of Jonah [21:42]

The Language of Retribution [23:49]

The Difference Between Mercy and Forgiveness [29:43]

The Pastoral Dimensions of Mercy [34:21]

 

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Matthew Lee Anderson is the Founder and Lead Writer of Mere Orthodoxy. He is the author of Earthen Vessels: Why Our Bodies Matter to our Faith and The End of Our Exploring: A Book about Questioning and the Confidence of Faith. Follow him on Twitter or on Facebook.

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