Tag Archives: Lent

A good and bad way to use Lent

A good and bad way to use Lent

It’s that time of year again, a time when Evangelical Christians debate whether or not it is a good thing to observe Lent. My answer to that question is always the same: it depends on what you mean by “Lent” and “observe.” Here is a short note I have sent our congregation on occasion to… Continue Reading

Ashes, ashes, we all fall down

Ashes, ashes, we all fall down

In many Christian traditions today is Ash Wednesday, beginning the season of Lent. Over the past several years, there has been an increasing interest in Lent within evangelical churches. It has apparently now become “hip” to add to corporate worship elements from ancient liturgical practices. Children of the Reformation have traditionally rejected Lent. In fact, eating… Continue Reading

Liturgy is cool

Liturgy is cool

Carl Trueman recently addressed the phenomenon within Millennial evangelicalism that is increasingly regarding ancient liturgical practices (especially Ash Wednesday and Lent) as cool. He’s right: it has apparently now become “hip” to add to (otherwise band driven contemporary) worship elements from ancient liturgical practices. Trueman and others over the past several years have dealt well… Continue Reading

Lent and the Regulative Principle of Worship

Lent and the Regulative Principle of Worship

It appears that it is now cool for Evangelicals to observe Lent. Children of the Reformation have traditionally rejected Lent. In fact, eating sausages on Lent was Swiss Reformer Ulrich Zwingli’s “95 Theses moment,” signally his break from the Church of Rome, and other Reformers and Protestants after them have almost uniformly repudiated the observance.… Continue Reading

Giving up Lent for Lent

Giving up Lent for Lent

Here is a good reflection by Ben Wright about how Lent can often muddy gospel clarity, and here is another similar perspective from Brian Lee, who argues that Lent can actually be harmful for the soul. I tend to agree with these men. While I find this season helpful for a church to prepare for… Continue Reading