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Blog Archives: February 2013

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February
2013

Reflections on Lent

Lydia Suh
 
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February
2013

Finding Yourself | Losing Yourself

Chuck DeGroat
Here is the great paradox. We're called to lose ourselves in order to find ourselves. In fact, the great wisdom of Jesus is that only those who are lost can be found. Loss is required. Lost coins. Lost sheep. A lost son. It seems that real maturity is dependent upon stumbling, falling, unburdening, releasing, losing. But what is this 'self' we're losing? Many interpret this as a patriarchal God's power trip, a strong-armed call to relinquish one's rights, one's voice, one's body. However, the self we're relinquishing is nothing other than ...
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February
2013

The Origins of Lent

Scot Sherman
07
February
2013

Ash Wednesday

Fred Harrell
Ash Wednesday Painting By Alfonse Borysewicz Why ashes? If you lived in the Ancient Near East and you were "found out" in some kind of scandalous activity, and you wanted to "come clean" about it and own it, you covered yourself with ashes. It was a way of saying, "Yes I did this, I know it, I see my true situation." Throughout the centuries Christians have tied this idea particularly to the teaching of Genesis where it tells the story of human beings and how they were formed from the dust of the ground and because of our sin and rebellion ...