Smudge

What are those on your forehead? What are you giving up? Two questions you rarely hear asked except for one day out of the year- Ash Wednesday. A smudge on your forehead or your hand is always a good conversation starter. I love the act of mixing ashes- the oil, the ash under your fingernails, the smudges… Continue reading Smudge

3 Reasons Why More People Are Doing Lent

Several years ago I was talking with someone who attended the local mega-church. He was excited to tell me that his pastor had started a new tradition leading up to Easter called Lent. I asked if he meant that the church had started to observe Lent this year. "Oh no, he invented it for this year. Isn' t it… Continue reading 3 Reasons Why More People Are Doing Lent

A Smudge

What are those on your forehead? What are you giving up? Two questions you rarely hear asked except for one day out of the year- Ash Wednesday. People often ask what I miss most about serving a congregation- there are many things- but one thing that always surprises them is when I say "Ash Wednesday." I… Continue reading A Smudge

Peyton Manning, Cam Newton, Grace, and Lent

In full disclosure, I watched none of the Super Bowl. I was tired, a bit under the weather, and didn't want to watch a Vol and a War Eagle battle it out for NFL supremacy.  I've read a lot today about Cam Newton's actions during the Super Bowl. He didn't pay proper respects during the National… Continue reading Peyton Manning, Cam Newton, Grace, and Lent