Highlights coming up this week: 1. Short interview in a class at George Fox and then lunch with Dan Kimball on Saturday. It'll be good to finally get to sit down with Dan. We've met, conversed via blog and email, but never really gotten to spend any time together. The last time we were scheduled Read more about This Week…[…]
"Got no timeGot no mindFor the lineIn my lifeNo time to thinkTime for sleep nowTime to sink way into the blue, dear" -Alexi Murdoch, Blue Mind I'm not sure how it happened- how I got so busy, so weighted down with so many things. I think maybe it was the inevitable and simultaneous growth of Read more about No Time…[…]
I had the privilege again this year to attend the Ecclesia Network National Gathering last week in Washington DC (okay, technically in Chevy Chase, MD). Ecclesia is a relational network of missionally-focused, theologically-centrist, Gospel-centered churches and church planters. By relational they mean that relationship comes first and foremost. The focus is on churches and planters Read more about Ecclesia Network National Gathering[…]
Here's the Ash Wednesday Gathering we did last year- I think we'll end up using much of this this year as well, but I wanted to post this in case you are still struggling to put something together for Ash Wednesday.
On Screen as people enter: The sacrifice of God is a broken spirit: a broken and contrite heart you will not despise. -Psalm 51.17
Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me- The Jesus Prayer
Welcome to our service of ashes for Ash Wednesday.Ash Wednesday is the traditional start of the season of Lent, a season when we focus in various ways on Christ's journey towards crucifixion, a journey He took, knowing full well it would end with Him laying down His life for you and I.
For those of us who are trying to hear the voice of Christ and follow, we need regular times of focusing on Christ's call to follow, to lay down our lives for one another. Lent is one of those times- a period of 40 days not including Sundays which are given to considering what we will lay down, what we will not. What our lives count for, or how they fail to count. We hear the call of Jesus and struggle all over again to die to ourselves and live for Christ and others. The Journey of the next 40 days ends on Good Friday and Easter with us seeing in sharp relief the exact cost of our sin, and the means by which God will restore all things.
Ash Wednesday begins Lent by reminding us that the journey towards the Cross is one every Christ follower must make- step by step, selfish impulse by selfish impulse. And Ash Wednesday also reminds us that the time is finite, limited… because it reminds us of… our mortality.
So, we invite you this year, to observe a Lent, of self-examination and repentance; of prayer, and fasting, of saying "no" to self and "yes" to God and others; and of reading and meditating on God's Word, listening all over again for the call of Christ on your life.
We'll have a moment of Silence, and then we'll pray.
Let‚Äôs read this together
I have "put together" (read: written, adapted and outright stolen from various sources) a Lent Prayer Guide. And Kobie Moore, an Evergreener with an amazing design-eye, has made it look pretty. (you should see what she does with greeting cards- and the most amazing thing- each card is usable twice- I know, I know- how Read more about Lent Prayer Guide[…]
Before and After…
We have basic cable. And when I say "Basic", I mean seriously basic- local stations, a few shopping channels… TBN just for kicks. You know, basic. But the other day, I heard we could get that basic in HD for just a couple of dollars more. I called the cable company, and sure enough. They Read more about Me ‘n’ Comcast: Social Media WIN[…]
"If you are a coward by nature, don't worry. We can still use you. You can get down behind the biblical text. You can peek out from behind the text saying, 'I don't know if I would say this, but I do think the text does.'"– Walter Brueggemann (as quoted by Will Willimon) This has Read more about From the Archives: The Cowardly Preacher?[…]
"The man who fashions a visionary ideal of community demands that it be realized by God, by others, and by himself. He enters the community of Christians with his demands, sets up his own law, and judges the brethren and God Himself accordingly… He acts as if he is the creator of the Christian community, Read more about Bonhoeffer on Idealism and Community[…]
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