Tag Archives: Lent

Still climbing back up on the wagon and other Lenten reflections

The season of Lent is the 40-day period (excluding Sundays) preceding Easter. Traditionally in the church it was a time when new converts practiced spiritual disciplines in preparation for baptism on Easter. A focus during this season is repentance – … Continue reading

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A Lenten Discipline

Over the last several months I have shared from my heart about the ups and downs of my weight loss journey. Admittedly, it’s much easier to write about the successes, but in the spirit of honesty and humility, I confess … Continue reading

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A Blogging Anniversary

Today is the one-year anniversary of my first blog post. I remember the day quite vividly. It was Monday, February 23, 2009 – two days before Ash Wednesday – and I was taking some Sabbath time away from campus before … Continue reading

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Coming into the Light

As I sit here this morning making the final preparations for the Easter Sunday worship services at Smithville United Methodist Church, I am finally coming into the light. All week I had been having difficulty working on my two Resurrection … Continue reading

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Anger and hatred: throwing our emotions at God??

The adult Sunday School class at my church has been doing a 12-week study by Eugene Peterson entitled Psalms: Prayers of the Heart. Each week we read a different Psalm and discuss its possible influences on a life of prayer. … Continue reading

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Rain on the Parade and “Live the Lament”

Holy Week has begun. It is the busiest week on the church calendar with many services of remembrance of Jesus’ journey to the cross. Yesterday was Palm Sunday, a day marking Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem – that place where he … Continue reading

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Invitation to a Lenten Discipline

Lent is a time when we embark on a wilderness journey toward reconciliation and wholeness. It is a time when we let go of what is distracting us in our relationship with God through Jesus Christ; a time when we … Continue reading

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