Lent (part 2) *Reprise

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In this discussion of Lent I have attempted to answer some of the key objections evangelicals have raised as they observe other evangelicals observing Lent in some form or other. I have argued that Lent is rooted in the essential Christian practices of discipleship, repentance, and church discipline, and it is not inherently an effort to win favor with God or impress other people. There is much more to be said, but rather than attempt to say it all, I will address a few remaining issues and share some of my own experience as a way of inviting others to explore this historic practice.

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Lent (part 1) *Reprise

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Every February as Ash Wednesday approaches there is a surge of angst among some evangelicals: should we observe the season of Lent? To be sure, many have made up their minds regarding this question, and they also speak up at this same time. So the resolute detractors and the enthusiastic supporters lift up their banners, and the undecided multitude tries to figure out what to do. Having made up my mind about this several years ago, I decided to just observe the discussion and meditate on it for, well, forty days. While I was observing Lent.

In this post I’ve decided to summarize several main arguments against evangelicals observing Lent and respond to each one.

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5 Traits of Gospel-Driven Husbands

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Nowhere is the Gospel more needed than in a marriage. Two sinners pledging their lives to one another is not exactly a recipe for satisfaction and blessing, but for the grace of God. Scripture tells us that marriage was intended by God to function as a living breathing illustration of the Gospel (Eph 5:22-33). What this means is that for a marriage to operate as the Lord intends for it to operate, a man and his wife must be breathing in the oxygen of the Gospel on a daily basis and actively pursuing ways to work its truths into their relationships with one another.… Continue reading

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Navigating Video Games

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Video-Game-Funny-Comedy-sexy-hilarious-weird-different-stop-it-comedic-lolz-FUCKING-HILAROUS-NERDS-TOPIC-XBOX360-PS3-WII-console-onlong-informationGrowing up culture treated video games as a youth only past-time. Over 30 years later I think it’s safe to say our generation bucked the stereotype. The industry knows this: marketing games to 30-40 year olds. It has become a multi-generational past-time. They are everywhere. My iWhatever has video game apps. There is a long “strip” of road, with bright lights in my city where you can pay to play video games.

As a parent trying to disciple my children, I have to navigate them. I know people who love to play video games. They’re godly people; I know they’re disciplined; and not consumed by them.… Continue reading

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Deep Growth in a Shallow World

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How long has it been since you checked your phone? If you are an average user, it’s now been less than 4.3 minutes and chances are, you’ll pause reading this article for a quick glance. Whether you come back to finish or not is up for grabs. Like it or not, we live in a digital age and the devices are shaping us.

Media ecologist, T. Gordan David makes the point that a tool isn’t neutral. When you use a shovel, you have made an impact with the tool, but likewise, the tool may have made your back and shoulders sore or given you calluses.… Continue reading

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