Preparing for Lent

Preparing for Lent

Let me guess.  You read the title of this week’s blog post and thought to yourself, “Preparing for Lent?! I have almost 2 months of worship to prepare for before I even think about Lent.” While that is true, the Lenten season will be here before we know it. And I...

This Lent, Don't Give Up Love

Judging by Facebook posts these days, puppies are in. People with whom you disagree are out. Love is in short supply. We’ve had it worn thin with “sex, lies and videotape.” But don’t give up on love. Jesus, above all else, was about love: love of God, love of people,...

This Lent, Don't Give Up Being the Church

There’s a lot of institutional despair these days.  “The church is dying, it’s in decline, it’s done for, it’s over.  The best days are behind us.” But what if all that’s just a story?  And not a very good one at that?  The church is only done-for if we...

This Lent, Don't Give Up Your Neighborhood

I don’t care if your congregation is in an industrial section, a racially mixed or changing neighborhood, on the edge of town, or in a suburban enclave.  This Lent, don’t give up your neighborhood.  It’s one of 5 things your church absolutely shouldn’t give up this...

5 Things Your Church Shouldn't Give Up for Lent

During this season of Lent, people of faith are considering what to give up. In years past, I have given up despair, hopelessness, and the occasional chocolate donut. I have even tried taking things on, when giving something up felt self-defeating. But this year, I...

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