It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Advent As some of you have learned, my wife is a real stickler about not playing Christmas music before Thanksgiving. As it happens, however, she lives in Central Florida, where folks begin celebrating Christmas the day after Halloween. Lights are up and trees and wreaths are hung all…

How To Be Broken Text: Psalm 51:16-17 For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart— These, O God, You will not despise.   We have finished chapter 7 of 1…

The season of the church calendar called “Lent” is coming up soon. It starts on Ash Wednesday, which is Feb. 10th, this year. Many of the older “liturgical” traditions of Christianity have conducted specific services of repentance on this day, and the signature ritual is the imposition of ashes on the forehead of the people….

Text: Luke 3:7-17 Then he said to the multitudes that came out to be baptized by him, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you…

Text: Jonah 3 Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach to it the message that I tell you.” So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, a three-day…

Text: Psalm 51:15-17 Today marks the first Sunday in Lent, and many Christians who did not grow up practicing the liturgical calendar are now becoming very interested in it. Some are madly in love with all things liturgical, seeing Lent as one way to rediscover lost roots. Others are critical of it as faddishness, a…

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