Sitting with our failure, fault and fragility in Lent

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By Chris West

The season of Lent, the 40 days leading up to Easter Sunday, is practiced in a variety of different ways. Traditionally, it is practiced as a period of fasting, giving up luxuries, and performing regular prayer. In recent years, Christians have updated this practice as a way to eliminate the distractions that draw their attention away from God. This shifts the focus away from depravity and towards a reorientation in perspective.

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It has become commonplace for Christians to use this period of fasting to abstain from social media, television, coffee, or… bad posture. The list gets even more innovative than that. Good Housekeeping compiled this list of 25 creative things Christians might choose to give up for Lent.

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Theology: Embrace the Dirty

Growing up in my household was often a dirty job. It was nothing to get a call to help push the truck out of the mud where it was stuck, to get woken up to help Granny cut collards to fill a big order, or to help dad when he was fixing a car. The …

The Sounds of Sorrow

Tonight in my Youth Group, we had a creative night. We talked about how music, visual arts, and literature help us understand or explain things in a way that we simply cannot express in our own words. We sung songs together, drew pictures, and shared in a moment of real peace, even in the face …

November 5, 2017

There is something to be said for tears on happy days, Something to be said for smiles in moments of despair. When the world is fast and you sit still, You are sending a message with your life. Peace is the bread that feeds the brokenhearted, Love, the wine in the overflowing cup, The world …