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Many Muslims look forward to Ramadan and speak of joy and spiritual anticipation. It reminds all Americans that our nation’s religious freedom, tolerance and diversity are our nation’s greatest strengths. […] Read More

What are you giving up for Lent? I’ve heard that question often, and I’ve decided I’m not giving anything up this year. Instead, here are three ways I plan to prepare for Easter. […] Read More

Lent begins this year on March 6. While more Baptists are observing it, it’s still a foreign concept for many of them. These 12 ideas will show you and your church ways you can begin to observe Lent. […] Read More

My fondest memory of Ramadan is from my childhood. It happened in the wee hours of the night, an hour or so before the crack of dawn. I slowly became conscious listening to a beautiful recitation of the Quran and smelling the aroma of cooking. My parents didn’t have to nudge me. The delightful smell […] Read More

The National Day of Prayer served as an outreach opportunity for First Baptist of Nashville for several years. This usually involved renting the local convention center, securing a speaker and musical personalities to help us build a crowd, enlisting an army of volunteers to host tables, invite the public, serve as greeters and more. It […] Read More

I came off of a very productive Lent this past season. My Lent involved fasting from politics – from listening, watching, reading and anything having to do with politics. That was a good exercise. Before Lent, I was up too late watching CNN, wasting away in the midnight hours reading The Washington Post and subjecting […] Read More

Baptists don’t celebrate Ash Wednesday. That was the reason given to me a few years ago by a local Christian bookstore employee in explaining why they didn’t have any Ash Wednesday resources. I had stopped by the store looking for Ash Wednesday items for children – stickers, pencils and so on – and I was […] Read More

Inspiration and insight arise unexpectedly. A column is often birthed as a line in a song stands out. It’s a right-place-at-the-right-time experience. You can’t manipulate or will it to happen. It is impossible to control. As blog articles and news stories about Lent began appearing last week, signaling the beginning of the journey toward Easter, […] Read More

When Lent begins early, as it did this year, calls to prayer and fasting come right up against the New Year’s barrage of juice-cleanse ads promising atonement for holiday indulgence. From pulpits and religion blogs, Lent brings annual reminders that “it’s not about” giving up chocolate or any other item. Just skipping chocolate for six […] Read More

Lent is the remembrance of and participation in the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness where he fasted and prayed for 40 days before beginning his public ministry (Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12-13; Luke 4:1-13). The Lenten tradition calls us to consider those things we grasp too tightly in order to search for ways in which […] Read More