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As the news continues to fill with reports about the war on terrorism and corporate corruption, Gary L. Thomas invites readers into "embracing the ancients' call to the discipline of mourning."

"Mourning is a curious thing," Thomas says in Authentic Faith: The Power of a Fire-Tested Life. "A spiritually deadened person mourns over things that should bring celebration--and often celebrates things that should be mourned." He notes the biblical account: "As Jesus drew closer to Jerusalem, with the crowd's worship and praise ringing in his ears, he did a curious thing. He wept."

Thomas says "Ralph Venning, a 17th-century Puritan, urged believers to mourn over other persons' failings, as well as their own. Not to do so, he argued, is tantamount to being an `accessory' to others' sins." (Authentic Faith; Zondervan, 2002)
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Date:Nov 1, 2002
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