Part 2 in our Lenten sermon series “Practicing Christian.”
Beginning Ash Wednesday (March 1), you are invited to join us in an intentional personal and spiritual growth and development challenge. Through the season of Lent, we will be engaging with daily reading, spiritual practices, and small group discussion with the intention of going deeper in our relationship with God and one another. This year we'll be reflecting on John's gospel together.
While Martin Luther King Jr. is generally known for his social activism, non-violence, and legendary speeches, he was first and foremost a Christian preacher.
Money. The first Sunday in Lent. And we land on a story about money. And what’s worse—a story where Jesus tells this young, successful, and faithful guy, that he’s got to give it all away. To inherit eternal life. To receive God’s kingdom. Just when you thought that Lent was just a big guilt trip leading up to Easter. Here comes Jesus. Confirming all of your suspicions.
Yesterday was a fruitful day at St. George's. We began the Lenten Challenge, with our morning group meeting for the first time. And we participated in a rich Ash Wednesday service in the evening. It was a meaningful beginning to the season of Lent.
But what is Lent all about? Generally, we might think of it as a time of "giving up." Yet, that's only part of the picture. America magazine recently interviewed Maureen Tilley, professor of theology and medieval studies at Fordham University on "the History of Lent." From its beginnings as a season for public penance for those who committed "grievous sins" to our more modern calendar-oriented practices, Lent has had a fascinating evolution over time. Check it out by clicking here!