Take (Raisins) and Eat

My friend Shannon Huffman Polson is a talented writer and a great mother, and her beautiful post on the Eucharist at the Good Letters blog combines both of these. The word eucharist comes from the Greek eucharistos, meaning grateful. At first I did not know enough to be grateful. I came to the table to be reminded that God [Read More...]

How Lent Can Make a Difference in Your Relationship with God: Introduction to Lent

Even my local gas station is advertising Lent special on its gas pumps. I don't think the "Low Low Prices!" on cigarettes are consistent with Lenten themes, however.

The Christian season of Lent begins next week on Ash Wednesday. For many Christians, this is a special season of the year for growing in one’s relationship with God. Other Christians aren’t so sure about Lent’s meaning or value. I am putting up this post before the start of Lent so that you might have [Read More...]

How Do We Know God? The Answer of Epiphany

"The Baptism of Christ," by James Janknegt. http://uts.cc.utexas.edu/~janknegt/r0012.html

2 Timothy 1:8-11 And now he has made all of this plain to us by the appearing of Christ Jesus, our Savior. He broke the power of death and illuminated the way to life and immortality through the Good News. 2 Timothy 1:10 How do we know God? The Christian answer to this question flows [Read More...]

Advent Begins Tomorrow. Today Is The Last Day of the Christian Year. Should You Care?

A chart of the Christian or Liturgical Year, with the typical colors and themes identified. To see a higher resolution version of this chart, click the thumbnail above.

Tomorrow is the first day of Advent. In yesterday’s post, I encouraged you to get ready for Advent. Today, I want to think with you about the broader context in which Advent makes sense. Today is the last day of the Christian Year, also known as the Liturgical Year or the Church Year. For those [Read More...]