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reflection for the Second Sunday in Lent

Let me start today by listing a few folks to get you thinking about Lent--Hulk Hogan, The Rock, "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Jesse Ventura, Ric Flair, and "The Hustler" Rip Rogers. No doubt you've heard of all these guys who were all professional wrestlers. OK, maybe you haven't heard of the last one, but he's a . . .

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March 17, 2019

Caesarius of Arles on Lenten reading

theology quote of the week

Let it not be enough for you that you hear the divine lessons in church, but read them yourselves at home or look for others to read them and willingly listen to them when they do. Although through the mercy of God you frequently and devoutly hear the diving lessons throughout the entire year, still during these days we ought to rest . . .

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March 15, 2019

reflection for the First Sunday in Lent

How is your Lenten journey going so far? I hope you have decided to make this a season of intentionally drawing closer to Christ as we prepare to remember his Passion and celebrate his Resurrection. Encourage each other as you seek Christ this week!

The traditional readings for this First Sunday in Lent find us contrasting Adam in . . .

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March 10, 2019

An Ash Wednesday Homily

from worship with the 147th Attack Wing at Ellington Field

Everything we do today as part of our Ash Wednesday worship goes to a single purpose: reminding us of our mortality. The sight of the ashes we use, the smell of the ashes as you draw near to the altar, the grittiness we feel as they are applied to our foreheads, the words we hear as they are applied--all of this serves to remind us that we . . .

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March 06, 2019

on ashes and water, sin and baptism

meditations on Ash Wednesday worship

Silvrback blog image As is tradition in our parish, last night we held Ash Wednesday worship service. Part of this service, of course, includes the imposition of ashes on the foreheads of the penitent. By the end of the liturgy, one thing jumped out to me:

Sin and death are messy. Literally.

As I struggled last night to move back and forth . . .

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March 02, 2017

prayer for the Lenten season

O Lord Jesus Christ, innocent and spotless Lamb of God, You have suffered the shameful death on the cross for us, and would have us always remember this. We again, from our inmost hearts, thank, praise, and magnify You, that You have redeemed us poor sinners by the price of Your holy sufferings and death, and were obedient to Your . . .

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March 01, 2017

I am Barabbas

I am many unflattering things. Sinful. Unrighteous. Guilty. Rebellious. Unloving.

I am Barabbas.

For it was necessary for [Pilate] to release one to them at the feast. And they all cried out at once, saying, “Away with this Man, and release to us Barabbas”— who had been thrown into prison for a certain rebellion made in . . .

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March 02, 2016