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Lent

Easter is a highly significant celebration in the life of the church and is often presented as the central affirmation of the Christian faith. Do we do it a disservice by thinking of it as a holiday or even a historical event? […] Read More

The hope of Lent is that we will come out of it a bit different than when we entered, having changed in some way for the better. Here’s the story of one pastor who turned his back on his racial prejudice. […] Read More

Each day brings another account of sexual assault. This Lent, may we be burdened with the work we have left undone – the work that allows space for sexual abuse to thrive in our churches, in our businesses and in our culture. […] Read More

Lent is about slowing down long enough to feel our longing. It’s about facing our true hunger and thirst, which we often seek to assuage with what will not satisfy. The psalms quench our yearning for deeper intimacy with God. […] 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 is often seen as a chance to break “bad habits.” You could use those 40 days of focused preparation for Easter by committing to go without single-use plastic. […] 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

What might be three essential faith practices we should take with us on our 40-day journey toward Easter? On the Sunday before Lent at my congregation, I suggested these based off of Micah 6:8: justice, kindness and humility. Justice is such a hot button word in faith communities these days. Religious folks of all kinds […] Read More

The Holy Spirit convicted me about 10 years ago that I needed to learn a thing or two about submission and obedience. I had been a Christ-follower for some time, but I have always had a flavor for independence and strong-willed stubbornness. In fact, I became a Baptist not 10 years earlier precisely because I […] Read More

It is fitting that Lent begins smack dab in the middle of Black History Month. Celebrating the heritage and contributions of African-Americans is always accompanied by grief and lament. There were and are too many black deaths, too much indignity and too little access. Color still trumps character it seems, and white privilege takes up […] Read More