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.

Lent Reflection – Do I treat some people as irredeemable?

Today is the 18th day of Lent. I’m reading Brian Zahnd’s Lent devotional, The Unvarnished Jesus this year. For my own practice, I’m journaling on the scripture he’s selected and his reflection, then I post daily (or near-daily) meditations that emerge from this. Today we find ourselves reading Luke 19:1-10, the famous children’s story about […]

Lent Reflection – Do I judge others’ righteousness & purity?

It’s the 17th 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 from this. Luke 18:9-14 is today’s scripture, a parable that warns against using […]

Lent Reflection – Is my need to stay busy keeping me from being present?

This is the 15th 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 as part of my Lent practice, I’m posting daily (or near-daily) meditations. Luke 10:38-42 is today’s scripture, the contrast between Mary and Martha..

Lent Reflection – Do I limit who I will be a neighbor to?

We’re up to the 14th 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 from this. Luke 10:25-37 is the scripture today. In yesterday’s reading, […]

Lent Reflection – Am I using Jesus to justify hateful behavior?

Today is the 13th 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 from this. The scripture for today is Luke 9:51-56, the time when […]