I would encourage you to listen for yourself. Be prepared to notice several points:
- Notice how Michael consistently reminds us that the gospel is basic for our understanding of forgiveness.
- Michael introduces the term “layers of forgiveness.” This is a very helpful way of saying things and clarifies some points I have made in the past. If I revised Unpacking Forgiveness right now I would use that language – – and ideally give Michael credit.
- Michael makes the important point that passages that are detailed and specific (such as Luke 17:3-4) help clarify more general passages like Mark 11:25.
There were other profound thoughts. But I forget what they were. I listened while I was walking and it was very hot, though not Houston hot!
On forgiveness, see also:
Is Forgiveness Always Right and Required? by Justin Taylor
As We Forgive Our Debtors a sermon by John Piper
I Faced My Killer Again by Chris Carrier: A Christian shares the Gospel with a man who stabbed him, shot him in the head, and left him for dead. In connection with Chris Carrier’s amazing story, see Leonard Pitt’s column, God is in the Rain, Not the Thunder
Scott and Janet Willis willing to meet with imprisoned Governor Ryan – Story on my blog of Scott and Janet Willis who lost six children in a fiery mini-van accident due, in part, to corruption in government.