Lent Has Begun

LentWe currently find ourselves in the season of Lent for 2013. It’s a time marked out by the church to focus on reflective prayer and different avenues of fasting, all to prepare for the work of Christ on the cross and his overcoming of death through resurrection.

Where does one start in drawing close to God in this time of year?

Well, we shouldn’t be overwhelmed. Start small. Start with today. Start slowly.

There is a good passage that could help us reflect on this central work of Christ: Phil 2:6-11. Continue reading

A Fast Teaching on Fasting

Last Sunday, 19 February, in preparation for Lent, I gave a short teaching on the topic of fasting. It was good to be refreshed in the purpose and foundation of a spiritual discipline like fasting.

If interested, you can listen below, or download from our podcast or iTunes.

Here are my notes as well: A Fast Teaching on Fasting – 19 Feb 2012

Lent Is Upon Us

Next Wednesday, 22 February, the season of Lent will begin.

What is Lent?

First off, I think evangelicals have learned a little bit to not overreact against the more ‘traditional’ or ‘liturgical’ church context (though I would argue we all have our traditions and liturgies). And so there is a healthy respect for the church traditions that have been handed down to us through the centuries. One of them is the season of Lent – a time to prayerfully and even sacrificially reflect upon the work of Christ, specifically his death moving into his resurrection. During this time as well, many appreciate fasting of all different types, if not also taking up other spiritual disciplines.

But that is another ‘bad’ word, right? Disciplines. Sounds harsh. Sounds legalistic. Sounds so religious. Continue reading