Category Archives: Lent

Has endless winter ended?

I’m hopeful. I can hear a flock of birds outside my kitchen window and it’s supposed to get up to 70 today.  Maybe spring has come to stay. One of my dearest friends is coming to visit tomorrow, along with … Continue reading

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From the Archives: I want to live in Eastertide

Originally posted in 2011. We make little jokes in our church staff meetings that might seem irreverent to some.  For instance, it was in a staff meeting that I was introduced to the Vintage 21 Jesus – because a certain … Continue reading

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On Maundy Thursday

The arguments of the past several days – in court, on social media, among friends and family – have given new meaning to “Passion Week”.  But this is Maundy Thursday and my focus is on the last meal Jesus shared … Continue reading

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Good Friday Reflections

From Good Friday, 1613.  Riding Westward – by John Donne But that Christ on this Crosse, did rise and fall, Sinne had eternally benighted all. Yet dare I’almost be glad, I do not see That spectacle of too much weight … Continue reading

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In Defense of Ritual (Not Ritualism)

A couple of weeks ago, just after Ash Wednesday, I got a post idea from a friend of mine.  I really like this young woman.  She is warm and charming and loves a good debate.  Her husband is smart, funny … Continue reading

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First Sunday of Lent: Repentance

From Bread and Wine, part of a reading from Barbara Cawthorne Crafton: We didn’t even know what moderation was.  What it felt like.  We didn’t just work:  we inhaled our jobs, sucked them in, became them.  Stayed late, brought work … Continue reading

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William Willimon on Baptism, Death and Life

from On a Wild and Windy Mountain: The chief biblical analogy for baptism is not the water that washes but the flood that drowns.  Discipleship is more than turning over a new leaf.  It is more fitful and disorderly than … Continue reading

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Keeping Lent Without Losing the Plot

I did not grow up observing Lent.  As with many other liturgical traditions, I came to an appreciation of it as an adult.  The Church of the Nazarene has been, historically, a nonliturgical denomination.  It seemed very innovative a decade … Continue reading

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