Lent 2020 | Day 4: “Serve”

My father’s often said that we live in an upside down kingdom. And most days, this doesn’t make much sense to me. It’s just that there’s something unusual about the idea that the world in which we live is upside down, and the kingdom of God is right side up. But that is part of […]

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Lent 2020 | Day 3: “Command”

The focus for Day 3 will be “command.” One of my favorite moments that took place in Jesus’s ministry was when he encountered the Centurion (Matthew 8:5-12). The man comes to Jesus and asks him to heal his servant. And as Jesus says that he will, he says that he will go with the centurion […]

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Lent 2020 | Day 2: “Wilderness”

The focus of today is the idea of wilderness. Whenever I hear this word, I am always reminded of the journey that the people of Israel took after the exodus into the wilderness. They were on their way to the promised land. And in the middle of that journey, they would find themselves face to […]

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Lent 2020 | Ash Wednesday: “Led”

As we begin our journey into the season of Lent this year, I would like to begin by posing a question. What does it mean to be led? What does it mean to follow someone else? What does it mean to submit to the leadership of someone whom we consider to be an influence, a […]

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Do We Look More American than Christian? Part 1

Part 1: How we’ve become more like Jonah than Jesus. Christian, say these words with me, directed to yourself: Repent, and believe the Gospel. These are a part of the historic words of the Ash Wednesday liturgy. And yet most people don’t hear them anymore (since most of our churches have jettisoned the traditions for […]

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Lent 2020: Shrove Tuesday

Today is Shrove Tuesday. If you don’t know what Shrove Tuesday is, it is the day before Ash Wednesday. If you don’t know what Ash Wednesday is, that is the first day in the season of Lent. And if you don’t know what Lent is, then you probably are not familiar with the liturgical calendar […]

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