Are You Prepared to Give Up All Hope for Lent?

Are You Prepared to Give Up All Hope for Lent?

“Boys,” I asked my two sons a few years ago, “what are you giving up for Lent?” My youngest son quickly pounced. “Broccoli, I’m giving up broccoli for Lent.” He beamed, knowing he had just beaten the system of vegetable requirements at dinner. His older brother, who...

Yes, Many Baptists Observe Ash Wednesday Too

Baptists don’t celebrate Ash Wednesday. That was the reason given to me a few years ago by a local Christian bookstore employee in explaining why they didn’t have any Ash Wednesday resources. I had stopped by the store looking for Ash Wednesday items for...

True Christian Virtues Rising From the Ashes

I typically don’t think much about ashes except for Ash Wednesday. Last week, I participated in a strange, ancient ritual in which I smeared some ashes in the shape of a cross on peoples’ foreheads and said something like, “Turn from your sins and...

Escaping Life’s Daily Busyness to Hear an Inner Voice

The season of Lent, which begins next Wednesday, comprises the 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter. In Lent, we take our cues from Jesus who denied himself as a spiritual exercise, denying himself of what he had in abundance in order to discover just how much he...