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Welcoming Lent

Most of us have rather negative feelings about Lent because it, especially this year, comes around at unexpected times when we are not ready for its presence. Though it seems early this year, I always feel that about Lent. I’ve just gotten over the holidays, back at the busy routines, and longing for a time […]

The Christian Calendar, Part 4: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (and How We Got It Back)

For my friends raised in other Christian traditions, Christmas Eve for them means a dinner with family members, maybe some gifts, and then a late night trip to the church to celebrate the end of Advent and to welcome the Christ child again into the world. They enter a beautiful candle-lit room, enjoy the music […]

Celebrating the Christian Calendar, Part I: Why Start Now?

A few years ago, I was asked to return to my alma mater, Abilene Christian University, to give a 2 day series of lectures entitled “Redeeming the Time” in which I urged those in Churches of Christ and those of similar traditions to adopt the practice of observance of the Christian Year. I had been […]