OST is closed for business but its spirit survives on my blog.
on failure : see my earlier post above for an alternative view of this
on being righteous: my understanding of righteousness is that is means little more than being in right relationship with God - from his point of view - thus it’s about how he invites us into relationship, the ‘ground’ so to speak onto which he invites us to stand.
Traditionally this has been related by a host of theological jargon (as in ‘technical language,’ not ‘mumbo jumbo’). Part of the interest and conversation of "emerging" faith communities is rediscovering the realities that lie behind the jargon, many of which get overlooked by the culture and doctrinal emphases of various Christian traditions.
shalom! - john