Tag Archives: Lent

The Dark Shabbat:End of Lent

  Shabbat, the seventh day. On the seventh day, God rested. It was His commandment that the Jews also rest on this day, keep it holy. This was the day when, for the Jew, the total focus was to be … Continue reading

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Good (Redemption) Friday

Today is Good Friday, also known as Redemption Friday. This acknowledges the day that that all believers in our Lord, Jesus Christ, were redeemed for our sins.A youngster that I work with asked me what it meant to be “redeemed.” … Continue reading

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Lent (A Series): Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday is an often overlooked and misunderstood day in Holy Week. It is the day before Good Friday. The word maundy comes from the Latin mandatum from which we get the word mandate. This refers to the commandment that … Continue reading

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The Season of Lent: The Past is Prologue. Really?

“Whereof what’s past is prologue; what to come, In yours and my discharge.” William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act 2, scene 1 A prologue in a play is a scene that sets the stage the story. It gives background. It is … Continue reading

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Lent (a Series): The Art of the Superficial Sacrifice

On a recent evening I was talking with a house guest about Lent. This person is non-Christian and has virtually no understanding about Christianity. But she does understand a common conception of Lent. “Lent is when someone gives up some … Continue reading

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Lent (A Series): Too “High Church”

The celebration of Lent is often described as being too “high church.” Sounds kind of snooty, doesn’t it? “High Church!” At the other end of the spectrum is “low church.” Sounds right out of Hicksville… “Low Church.” Unfortunately, these terms … Continue reading

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A Contemporary Look at Jesus’ Parables: The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector  9 To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable: 10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one … Continue reading

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Lent (A Series): Can You Smell the Fish Frying?

The Lenten Season is a time for some form of fasting for many. It is common to give up red meats, chicken and pork during the 40 days of Lent. For others it becomes a time for gorging… on fish. … Continue reading

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Lent (A Series): Sacrifice

“What are you giving up for Lent?” As respresented by this question, the Lenten Season is known more for sacrifice than anything else. In theory, at least, we sacrifice in honor of God’s sacrifice of His Son in atonement of … Continue reading

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Lent (A Series): Ash Wednesday

The first day of Lent is known as Ash Wednesday (March 9 in 2011 in the Western church). The Lenten Season, observed by some Christians, is a 40-day period ending on the Saturday before Easter. Sundays are excluded from the … Continue reading

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