Why I Love Lent

Of all the seasons in the Church year, Lent is the one to which I’m most drawn. It’s a season of spiritual reset and reorientation, a deliberate move to be joined to the story of Jesus. While I appreciate the other seasons of the Church year, Lent is the one which absolutely refuses to make…

Falling into Goodness

Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, and many Western Christians are wondering how they will mark this holy season 1. In light of the impending season, Accordance Bible Software is making several Lenten devotionals available through their store. As a way of highlighting these resources I was offered a gratis copy 2 of Falling into…

Practical Lent

A good number of Americans think of Lent as “that season when you give something up 1.” Lent is a lot more than that. Lent is a season of holy introspection, prayer, and paying close attention to the rhythm of life in order to better align oneself with the Savior. It is a season to…

Covenant

I’ve posted images of the stained glass in front of Central’s sanctuary before, but I wanted to get a different angle for today’s meditation on “covenant.” For Christians, our covenant with God is established through Christ – his life, death, and resurrection. These three panes reveal much of that story, and they stand as reminders…

Ready for Resurrection

Holy Week is upon us and Lent is coming to an end. I don’t want to say that Lent has been fun 1, but this year I’ve found it to be vibrant. Central has been alive this Lenten season, displaying a life and energy which I knew had been waiting for release. In many ways,…

The Days are Coming

This is an edited manuscript for my for my sermon on March 22, 2015. It’s based on Jeremiah 31:31-34. Jeremiah envisions The LORD’s incredible grace and patience. Jeremiah is an interesting prophet. He lived during the time of Judah’s rapid decline and actually witnessed the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonian Empire. His prophetic ministry…