Why Lent, Fasting, and Bible Reading is for Pharisaical Flesh Lovers

Image by Kara Marie With pain and twisted hunger, countless people are practicing their desert theology this Lent season. Through fasting and sacrifice, they attempt to pump themselves up in the eyes of God. Surely He will find greater favor in the one who prays longer, fasts more completely, and physically abuses their body to show God how “serious” they are. Modern day fasting is no more different than the medieval flagellation and whipping... Read More

Contemplating Lent: Meanings and Origins

My first experience with the Lent season occurred when I was 12 years old. I had been raised in non-denom churches and the only celebrations I was aware of were the ones that involved chocolate eggs and trees covered in tinsel. What any of that had to do with Jesus I had no clue, but I loved chocolate and presents so no explanation was ever necessary. At the age of 12 a childhood friend of mine showed up for PE one afternoon at school with his forehead... Read More

Why Lent is Important and Why Working for Christ is not the Same as Being with Christ

I need to observe Lent. I am distracted. I am so consumed with doing things for Christ that I miss out on being with Christ. This is not a new problem. Even in the early Church, Christians struggled with this distraction. There is so much to do. So many people who need to be served. The Gospel message needs to be preached. So much Orthodoxy needs to be defended and explained. The early church in Ephesus had these same problems. They were radical workers... Read More

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