Fasting — Tis the Season

Fasting — tis the season, but that raises the question: What is fasting? Try defining it, and I’ll make a suggestion. Go ahead — in your mind define it. Here’s my suggestion: If, in defining fasting, we are tempted to define fasting as something we do “in order to” get something, I suggest we need [Read More...]

Fasting and Desire

I was reading Rob Moll’s piece on fasting in the recent online edition of CT and it occurred to me again that the early church captured fasting as a way of curbing desire. Fasting and all other spiritual disciplines are not simply reminders of other more important things. We may use hunger like a string [Read More...]

Lenten Discipline

An excellent proposal by JoHannah Reardon: I am not part of a church that regularly practices Lent, but the last few years I thought it would be good for me to give up something for 40 days, helping me to see my addictions and dependencies. In our indulgent, instant-gratification society, I saw the value of [Read More...]

Fasting, a story by Timothy Seitz-Brown

From Timothy Seitz-Brown and here’s Timothy’s blog: Fourth of July weekend, 2000… hot dogs, hamburgers, and BBQ chicken on the grill. Over by the pool, my oldest son, CJ, undergoes a metamorphosis, turning into a deathly pale ghost. We take his temperature, and it is in the triple digits–105 degrees. And now, pardon the image, [Read More...]

Preparing for Lent

Some (low church) folks roll their eyes when they see that word “Lent” in the title of this post, and other (often high church) folks said, “Ah, yes, something for all of us.” The Church calendar is designed to embody the gospel itself on an annual basis: we begin the birth of the Messiah and [Read More...]

Science, Worship, and Fasting (RJS)

This is the fourth in a series of posts looking at the implications of the fact that we are fully embodied beings created in the image of God.  We have body and soul – but these are not separable entities. (The third, on Science and Christian Virtue, contains links to the first two on Science [Read More...]

“Twinterview” on Fasting

The good folks at Englewood Review of Books and I tried something: an interview on Twitter. The “twinterview” was about our Fasting: The Ancient Practices book, and Josh has an amazingly clever post of the tweets.  John Frye has just begun a multi-post review about the book, too. Thanks folks. [Read more...]

The “in order to” Problem

What is fasting? Try defining it, and I’ll make a suggestion. Go ahead — in your mind define it. Here’s my suggestion: If, in defining fasting, we are tempted to define fasting as something we do “in order to” get something, I suggest we need to look again at the deepest wells of the Christian [Read More...]

Preparing for Lent

As with Advent and even our Holy Week, ideas for a major seasonal shift like Lent can be difficult to come by. This year I want to focus on something simple. I’m going to focus on fasting one day each week. (By the way, I’m not convinced giving up chocolate or TV is a “fast.” [Read More...]

Fasting

Our book on fasting is now available. We worked on this book for about a year; it is one of the volumes in Nelson’s The Ancient Practices Series. Phyllis Tickle is the General Editor and other volumes now available are by Brian McLaren and Robert Benson. I hope you can find a way to use [Read More...]


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