Lenten Reflection (Josh Ross)

Lent, Dr. King, and the Uncertainty of Saturday I didn’t grow up in a faith tradition that celebrated Lent. All I knew about it was that I had a few friends in high school who would give up something they didn’t even like. Yet, knowing our wedding was coming up in May of 2002, Kayci [Read More…]

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday: here is the order for Ash Wednesday from The Book of Common Prayer. It is a time for confession of sin as we prepare ourselves for Good Friday and Easter, the days on which God removed sin and into which we live as we participate in Lent. I encourage you to fast today, [Read More…]

Not Your Typical Ash Wednesday, by Josh Patrick

Josh Patrick is the Teaching and Discipleship Pastor at Harpeth Christian Church in Franklin, TN. You can read more from Josh at www.KnowingJesusToday.com and follow him on Twitter, @Patrick_Josh. Ash Wednesday (or Not Your Typical Ash Wednesday or How to Make the Most of Lent) Hey there. My name is Josh Patrick. I’m a 36-year-old [Read More…]

No Needy Among Us? (Jonathan Storment)

Lent: No Needy People Among Us? So we are in the season of Lent, the time of the year, when the Church calendar asks us to remember our sin, to repent of it, and to confess it. But this raises lots of practical pastoral questions for me. How does a Protestant church, from a free [Read More…]

On the Way to the Cross 5

Mary and Peter, on the way to the cross, had to learn first that it was the cross that was coming — and that meant unlearning that the expectations and anticipations would be jolted with an utterly new reality. God’s saving ways revealed on the cross. John 2. Mary is evidently held responsible for the [Read More…]

On the Way to the Cross 4

For Mary and Peter, life changed over a sword and a few words. The flash of Simeon’s sword opened Mary’s eyes and turned her expectations and participations inside out. The express words of Jesus to Peter stopped him dead in his tracks about how the Messiah would usher in the kingdom. We might say it [Read More…]

Third Sunday in Lent

Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ [Read More…]

Lent: On the Way to the Cross 3

Our series intertwines the life of Mary and Peter as two prime examples of how the earliest followers of Jesus struggled to make sense of the scandalous nature of a mission that involved crucifixion. Last Monday we looked at the theme of expectation. Today I’d like to consider how both Mary and Peter participated expectantly [Read More…]

Second Sunday of Lent

O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, [Read More…]

Lent: On the Way to the Cross 2

Expectations. We all have them. Expectations can control us; they usually shape us. What are our expectations? Lent can transform our expectations. Consider Mary and Peter as their expectations were transformed. Since I was a little guy I’ve heard that when Jesus asked Peter who he (Jesus) was, Peter blurted out “Messiah!” But no sooner [Read More…]