The book, Significa, tells of Sir Henry Morgan, the famous pirate, who once won a libel suit against a man who called him — of all things — a pirate. The man was John Esquemeling, one of Morgan's former crew members. In a book entitled, Buccaneers in America, he told of Morgan and his men killing, burning, raping and pillaging. In the court's settlement, Morgan won 200 pounds and an apology. The publisher and author apologized for claims that have all later been historically verified. While none of us wants to be known as a sinner, that is what we are. We can deny it, or we can repent of it, and be made whole.


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J. Michael Shannon is professor of preaching at Cincinnati Bible College in Cincinnati, OH.