A Long Lent

I love Lent. Ever since I first heard about it, decades ago now, I have loved this season. Being of a somewhat ascetic temperament, fasting is my love language. You want me to give something up? Do something hard? For God? Sign me up! As a teenager, I dreamed of being...

Ascent: Psalm 121

Psalm 121 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither...

Ascent: Psalm 120

Psalm 120 When I was in trouble I called upon the Lord; and he heard me. Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips and from a deceitful tongue. What reward shall be given or done unto thee, thou false tongue: even mighty and sharp arrows, with hot burning coals. Woe is...

Ascent {an invitation for Lent}

Lent begins early this year, almost the earliest it can begin, on February 10, which means it is just around the corner. Even when Lent begins at a normal or latish time of year, I am usually not ready. Ash Wednesday finds me unprepared. This year, for some reason, I...

Christ the Bonny Outlaw

On my honeymoon, almost 15 years ago now, I picked up a used copy of Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton. I tried to read it then and couldn’t make heads or tails of it. When my editor at IVP told me it was one of his favorite books ever, I tried again and still...

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