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What Ash Wednesday and Lent are All About

What Ash Wednesday and Lent are All About

Ash Wednesday and Lent directly challenge this way of thinking, reminding us that our bodies and souls are inextricably linked, that we are more but not less than physical beings, and that God’s creation was, indeed, good. We will die, one day, a fact of life that so many in our culture perpetually try to distract themselves from. And, corrupted by our own sin, we are in need of God’s mercy and forgiveness.

The Significance of COVID-19 'Canceling' the World During Lent

The Significance of COVID-19 'Canceling' the World During Lent

Amid these trying times, let’s take more seriously the practices proposed by Lent and rest our bodies to protect others from harm, purifying our hearts and minds as worship to God.

Lent: A Season to Remember How to Suffer Well

Lent: A Season to Remember How to Suffer Well

Lent is a 40-day period dedicated to prayer and fasting. During this time, Christians across the globe reflect on the mission and suffering Jesus Christ went through for our salvation.

You Are but Dust, and to Dust You Shall Return

You Are but Dust, and to Dust You Shall Return

Like Advent, the season of Lent is about preparation. Before Christmas, our Christian forebears thought it wise to prepare a bit, and that by diving deeply into Old Testament promises and prophecies we’d better understand the birth of Christ in the full context of redemptive history. So too, in Lent, our Christian forbears thought it wise to prepare for Holy week, especially for celebrating the resurrection on Easter Sunday.

Rejoicing in the Midst of Sorrow

Rejoicing in the Midst of Sorrow
If you attend a church that observes the liturgical calendar, this past weekend you may have noticed the sanctuary decorated with flowers, clergy clad in pink vestments, and the organist may have been allowed her chance at that instrumental solo she has been longing to launch into.

How Lent Prepares Us for What Is Lost

How Lent Prepares Us for What Is Lost
When I was a little girl, my parents would bribe me with a dollar for every poem I memorized. It is disconcerting to see a child recite some of the sexier parts of Romeo and Juliet, but, what can I say, that was my idea of rebellion.

Give up Contempt for Lent: After All, Jesus Suffers Us Gladly

Give up Contempt for Lent: After All, Jesus Suffers Us Gladly
We recently began the season of Lent. One of the practices most associated with this season is giving up something as an act of sacrificial discipline.

Happy Lent. Seriously.: Release from the Fear of Death

Happy Lent. Seriously.: Release from the Fear of Death
Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the forty-day period in the church calendar known as Lent, a time of preparation leading up to Holy Week and Resurrection Sunday.

7 Things You Should Know about Ash Wednesday

7 Things You Should Know about Ash Wednesday

Chances are you’ll see a bunch of folks walking around with shmutz on their foreheads this Wednesday (Feb. 14). What does having a dirty forehead have to do with being a Christian and why this ritual is gaining in popularity? What is the significance behind Ash Wednesday and why do Christians still attend Ash Wednesday services? Even if you attend one at your church you may not know the history behind it.

Well, here is what you need to know:

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