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.

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.

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 […]