Lent and the Gospel of Suffering

How do we talk about a gospel of suffering? “Gospel” means “good news.” How is suffering ever good news?? Suffering is not getting what you want and getting what you don’t want. Every single human being has both experiences.

Focusing on Christ’s Victory During Lent: Helpful Tools

There are certain tools I have found to be particularly helpful in focusing on Christ's victory in my own life during the season of Lent. It is important to start small.

Relying on Christ’s Victory in Lent

Lent is arguably a microcosm of the whole ascetic life. It is a clear and obvious appropriation of the victory of Christ over sin and temptation in the life of the Church and the life of the Christian.

Lent Fasting for a Changed Heart

While there are many purposes for fasting found in the Bible, the primary purpose of Lenten fasting is learning to depend more fully upon God and trust him to provide for us in every way. We are learning to discipline our desires and not to be ruled by them.

Fasting and Prayer: Authority and Connection

Not only do we grow in spiritual authority through fasting and prayer, we also deepen our connection to God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

On Fasting in Lent

As we begin the season of Lent, take time to consider if the Holy Spirit is calling you to undertake a fast during this season, and if so, in what manner. Fasting is never easy and can be quite frustrating. But the promise is that it will give us more of Christ and that it will form us more and more into his image.

What is Lent?

Lent is about rhythm. We are rhythmic creatures. We do things in sequences and steps, marching to the beats of drummers. The problem is, there are many drummers out there, pounding away to capture our attention, calling us to follow them and submit to their stories. Lent is the Jesus drum, calling us back into the left-right-left of God's story.

Lenten Reflections: Teaching Us to Wait

I did not grow up in a church that observed Lent, but I have grown to long for this season that is set apart to be a reminder of our human limitedness and our need for Christ’s offering of Himself. This Lent, I have been particularly burdened by that frequent theme of the Psalms: the apparent success of the wicked.

Lenten Reflections: A Place to Be Still

The rhythms of the daily office and lectionary readings invite me in to be present and journey through the seasons. During Lent I yearn for even more space to allow each moment, each word to penetrate my soul.