Lent

Introducing Lent

Lent is a season of following Christ on his way to Golgotha. As we read the story and meditate upon the way of the cross, we ask God to help us behold his mercy and grace poured out for us in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is a time for us…

Meeting Noah

40 endless days bring an end to all that is: the rich green meadows, the sparkling streams that interplay with sunlight and stones, the towns bustling with life. Chaos overtakes calm; flood furies consume; mountains do fall into the sea Noah looks into the dark circling waters and sees his future. At least what should…

Meeting Cain

In the path of the cross, the journey back to my baptism, I see Cain walking away into the dark lands. He is walking through the wilderness, but he is not on pilgrimage. He is cursed to wander, a fugitive with no home, no family, no tribe. Eventually, he will build a city. This city…

Remembering the World

I recently entered into an older church for a meeting. The moment I stepped through the door, my senses were flooded with the smells, sights, and even the temperature of my childhood church. Though I had never set foot in this particular church, I felt like I was walking back through memories from over forty…

Lent is for Lovers

Lent is for lovers. Leaving the familiar behind, we are led into the wilderness, the wastelands, the desert. This is where we learn to love again. Like Moses and Abraham before him, we listen to the call and follow. The city is safe but the wilderness is wild, and death is lurking. In the desert,…

Ash Wednesday

(This post was originally sent out on my Lenten email list on February 13, 2002) Today we come face to face with the secret no one will talk will talk about—we are dying. We will fade away. All our attempts at immortality from writing to painting to giving birth will ultimately fail. We will fade and we…

Penitential Disciplines

We must always remember that disciplines flow out of love and are not a substitute for the love of God revealed in Jesus Christ. Penitential Disciplines During the seasons of Lent and Advent, the church practices the disciplines of prayer, fasting, almsgiving. While these disciplines can be practiced anytime throughout the year, Lent and Advent…