I Used to Know So Much

When I was younger, I knew so much.

But I studied, traveled to and lived in other countries, worked varying jobs, got married, pastored, had children, taught college courses, had countless conversations with those very different from me, lived life and so much more.

The result?

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Maundy Thursday Reflection

Today begins part of the climax of Holy Week. In church history, this day has been called Maundy Thursday.

This word maundy means commandment. It points to the command Jesus gave after washing his own disciples’ feet.

Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. (John 13:14-15)

Jesus knew who he was (see vs3), yet he responded as a servant.

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The Rhythm of Lent

Photo by Ahna Ziegler

Most of us know that today marks the church’s entrance into the season of Lent. It all begins each year with Ash Wednesday.

It’s a 40-day season (not counting Sundays) centered in the examination of our lives through lament, repentance, and fasting. Perhaps many of our churches don’t regularly engage in these biblical practice. But we know Christ himself did. In all, Lent culminates with the weekend of Good Friday, Silent Saturday, and then Resurrection Sunday (April 2-4 this year).

But many people may ask why participate in Lent? It seems so stuffy and religious, so outdated.

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