It’s Never Too Late to Start Observing Lent

As we near the halfway point of the season of Lent it occurs to me that among the Christians who have no observance of lent, there might be more than a few who feel a little bit left out. What does one do if their church pays no attention to the season of lent? My advice would be [Read More…]

The First Full Week of Lent: The Aggravation of Self-Denial

This week is when you really set the tone for lent. The “new” has probably worn off your lenten commitments by now, and all that’s left is the aggravation of self-denial. I spent the weekend at a basketball tournament watching my kids devour candy and milkshakes. It was brutal. I am so spoiled. Thank heavens we [Read More…]

The Ash Wednesday Hangover: “Wait, I gave up what for Lent?”

As more and more evangelical Christians embrace church traditions such as lent (and evangelicals really need lent), we tend to bring our particular brand of zestful enthusiasm to the project. Let’s be honest: this means we will probably over-do it. At my church we put a high premium on beauty, which means the way we do [Read More…]

Why Evangelicals Need Lent

Evangelicals need to observe Lent, in part, because our troubling lack of tradition leaves us untethered from the past. A church without the great traditions of the faith is like a church with amnesia. Rejecting tradition means submitting ourselves and our churches to the tyranny of the relevant, the oligarchy of the innovative, and the arrogance of the avant-garde. More than ever [Read More…]

10 Stunning Facts About Davinci’s Last Supper for Maundy Thursday

Every year on Maundy Thursday our church does a short visio divina around Leonardo DaVinci’s famous mural, “The Last Supper.” This practice, and this painting, have both come a rich part of our Holy Week tradition. Here are a few fun facts about Davinci’s famous masterpiece: DaVinci didn’t choose the subject matter. The work was commissioned by [Read More…]

Lutheran Satire’s Take on Ash Wednesday (A Little Friday Funny)

In order to really get this video, one must appreciate how truly difficult it is to make Lent funny. I think my favorite line is, “I’m surprised you haven’t heard about this. We invited every member of your church.” …so funny. Happy Friday everybody.   [Read more…]

Ash Wednesday Service Ideas & Why This Day is So Important

“What good is it to live long when we improve so little? A long life does not always improve us; in fact, it often adds to our problems. Would that we could spend even one day well in this world. Many people count the years of their lives in Christ, but often not much comes [Read More…]

Why Evangelicals Need to Observe Lent

Evangelicals need to observe Lent, in part, because our troubling lack of tradition leaves us untethered from the past. A church without the great traditions of the faith is like a church with amnesia. Rejecting tradition means submitting ourselves and our churches to the tyranny of the relevant, the oligarchy of the innovative, and the arrogance of the avant-garde. [Read More…]

Ten Facts About Da Vinci’s Last Supper: A Reflection for Maundy Thursday

Every year on Maundy Thursday I wake up thinking about this painting. I’ve never seen it in person (bucket list), but I’ve known about it nearly my entire life. A copy of it was framed and hung in the second and third-grade Sunday School room in the tiny little Southern Baptist Church my family attended. [Read More…]

Lent 6A, Palm Sunday: John 19:12-19 – Powerful / Not-Powerful

Here’s a transcript of my sermon from last week (Palm Sunday). If you are a pastor please feel free to cut & paste everything. I got much of the historical stuff from commentaries, especially Ken Bailey’s work on Jesus, and from talks by John Ortberg & Rob Bell.     2014.04.15 – Lent 06 John [Read More…]


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