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Give Lent a Try

March 4th, 2014 · Comments Off on Give Lent a Try · Faith and the City

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In the Desert

February 22nd, 2012 · 1 Comment · Faith and the City

In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. And just as he was coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens torn apart and the Spirit descending like a dove on him. And a voice came from heaven, ‘You are my Son, the Beloved; […]

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The Discipline of Sausages

March 4th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Faith and the City

This coming Wednesday is Ash Wednesday.  At the 12:30 service that day, we will gather for prayer and song to mark the beginning of Lent. Every Lent, my quirky friend, Stan, who had a Ph.D. in liturgics (a fancy name for the study of Christian worship), used to announce that he was taking on a […]

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Chewing on Ashes

February 19th, 2010 · Comments Off on Chewing on Ashes · Faith and the City

A friend of mine once described a debate at his church regarding the use of ashes at their newly-instituted Ash Wednesday service. Some people in the congregation argued against the practice claiming that it could promote holy-than-thou attitudes amongst the faithfully smudged. Others worried that the aftermath of the ritual would look a bit too […]

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An Ash Wednesday Prayer

February 13th, 2010 · Comments Off on An Ash Wednesday Prayer · Sharp Prayers

Lent has arrived. Here is a prayer to start the season from one of my favorites, Walter Brueggemann… Marked by Ashes Ruler of the Night, Guarantor of the day . . . This day — a gift from you. This day — like none other you have ever given, or we have ever received. This Wednesday dazzles us […]

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