Archives for February 2012

Prayer for Ash Wednesday

Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing you have made and forgive the sins of all who are penitent: Create and make in us new and contrite hearts, that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may obtain of you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Messiah our [Read More…]

What Atheists Can Learn from Religion – Video Interview with Alain de Botton.

Over at ABC news is this excellent interview with atheist philosopher Alan de Botton on what atheists can learn from religion. Only 8 minutes, do watch it! [Read more…]

New Book Honoring Martin Hengel

Out any day now is this bodacious biblical studies bonanza: Earliest Christian History History, Literature, and Theology. Essays from the Tyndale Fellowship in Honor of Martin Hengel Edited by by Michael F. Bird and Jason Maston Martin Hengel (1926-2009) was a historian of the early church and ancient Judaism. His influence extended through his many [Read More…]

The Lent Experience

My good friend and fellow pastor in Student Ministry and one of the Teaching Pastors at Christ Community Church, Eric Ferris, has developed a website called The Lent Experience. The website is a video blog designed to help people practice Lent and rediscover the significance of the death and resurrection of Jesus personally.  Eric provides [Read More…]

Prayer for Last week of Epiphany

O God, who before the passion of your only-begotten Son revealed his glory upon the holy mountain: Grant us that we, beholding by faith the light of his countenance, may be strengthened to bear our cross, and be changed into his likeness from glory to glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns [Read More…]

Baylor Study on Religion in America … Not as Bad as People Thought

Rodney Stark and Byron Johnson have an article in The Wallstreet Journal about religion in America. They note that atheism is not surging and young people are not leaving the church in the droves that everyone thought. [Read more…]

Invitation to Lent

What is a Lenten spirituality? Lenten spirituality is baptismal spirituality. Lent orders your spiritual life around the theology of baptism. In Ancient Future Time, Robert Webber tells us that the roots of the Lent are to be found in the early church’s baptism preparation.  In the early centuries of the church, baptism of adult converts [Read More…]

Invitation to Lent

Robert Webber in his book Ancient Future Time writes of Lent the following.  Does Webber’s experience reflect your own in the Protestant and evangelical church? How can we recover a Lenten spirituality without failing into the trap of empty ritual? For most people coming from my background, an Ash Wednesday service and Lent are quite [Read More…]