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Lent Reflection – Do I serve others even when it costs me?

Today is the 32nd day of Lent. I’m continuing with Brian Zahnd’s Lent devotional, The Unvarnished Jesus. I journal on the scripture he’s selected and his reflection, then I post daily (or near-daily) meditations. Today’s passage is Mark 15:21, a single verse that offers us a fascinating glimpse into the life of the early church.

Lent Reflection – Am I dying with Jesus?

Good morning and welcome to the 31st day of Lent. As a part of my practice this year, I’m reading Brian Zahnd’s Lent devotional, The Unvarnished Jesus. I journal on the scripture he’s selected and his reflection, then I post daily (or near-daily) in response. John 19:16-17 is the scripture today. Jesus carries his cross.

Lent Reflection – Do I resist Jesus’ lordship because it threatens my sovereignty?

We’ve arrived at the 30th day of Lent. I’m reading Brian Zahnd’s Lent devotional, The Unvarnished Jesus. I journal on the scripture he’s selected and his reflection, then I post daily (or near-daily) meditations in response. Mark 15:15-20 is the scripture reading today. Jesus is stripped and mocked by the Roman soldiers.

Can You Imagine Jesus Demanding Sex? – Interview with Sheila Wray Gregoire (TAW042)

Episode 042 – Can You Imagine Jesus Demanding Sex? – Interview with Sheila Wray Gregoire. Christian teachers notoriously have lots of opinions about sex. Sometimes they even claim those opinions are God’s will. But what if some of those teachings are hurting people and wrecking marriages? In this interview with Sheila Wray Gregoire we talk […]

Lent Reflection – Do I believe that sometimes violence is the right answer?

Today is the 29th day of Lent. As a part of my practice this year, I’m reading Brian Zahnd’s Lent devotional, The Unvarnished Jesus. I journal on the scripture he’s selected and his reflection, then I post daily (or near-daily) reflections of my own. The scripture reading today is Luke 23:13-25. Here we see Jesus […]

Lent Reflection – Do I feel anxious when I’m not in control?

We’re up to the 27th day of Lent. As a part of my practice this year, I’m reading Brian Zahnd’s Lent devotional, The Unvarnished Jesus. I journal on the scripture he’s selected and his reflection, then I post daily (or near-daily) meditations that emerge. Matthew 26:57-68 is the scripture today, the scene of Jesus’ trial […]

Lent Reflection – Am I torn between choosing comfort or choosing love?

Today we turn a corner. This is the 24th day of Lent. Starting today, the Lent reflections and scriptures begin to follow the events in Jesus’ last eighteen hours of life. If you haven’t been following along so far, now is an excellent time to start. Reflecting on these events will prepare your heart for […]

Lent Reflection – Do I fear I am too far gone for God?

Today is the 23rd day of Lent. As a part of my practice this year, I’m reading Brian Zahnd’s Lent devotional, The Unvarnished Jesus. I journal on the scripture he’s selected and his reflection, then I post daily (or near-daily) meditations that emerge. Today’s reading is John 11:1-44, the resurrection of Lazarus.

Lent Reflection – Do I find validation being part an angry group?

Today is the 20th day of Lent. As a part of my practice this year, I’m reading Brian Zahnd’s Lent devotional, The Unvarnished Jesus. Then I journal on the scripture he’s selected and his reflection. I post daily (or near-daily) meditations that emerge from this. John 8:1-11 is the scripture today, the captivating scene where […]

Lent Reflection – Do I use others’ pain to justify my beliefs?

Today is the 19th day of Lent. I’m reading Brian Zahnd’s Lent devotional, The Unvarnished Jesus. I journal on the scripture he’s selected and his reflection, then I post daily (or near-daily) meditations that emerge from this. Today we read Luke 13:1-5, a strange little interaction where Jesus talks about tragedy and repentance.