Lent

  My thoughts on the lectionary texts for the first Sunday in Lent are up at The Hardest Question. Go give it a read and share your thoughts in the comments!

Many people during Lent attempt to spend more time in silence, prayer, meditation.  We all know it’s not easy.  We all know the cliches about how loud our lives are, and how noisy our heads have become.  I’m not a contemplative type of person at all, so when I try…

This past November, I was sitting in a room with seventy other people at the Emergent Village Theological Conversation in Atlanta listening to Musa Dube, a New Testament scholar from Botswana. She was talking about Western scholarship, and all the unspoken rules we have about what is good and what…

In preparation for our entry into the season of Lent, here are a few words from Moltmann’s The Way of Jesus Christ in an introductory section of the chapter,  “The apocalyptic sufferings of Christ”: At the center of Christian faith is the history of Christ. At the center of the…

I watched a Lenten documentary tonight.  It wasn’t about Lent, technically, but it was one of the most powerful descriptions of our human condition that I have seen in quite some time.  The documentary was called Pray the Devil Back to Hell and tells the story of the courageous and…

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