Larry Patten is a writer and United Methodist pastor in California. His blog is part of the CCblogs network.
Lent demands that we use our old eyes in new ways.
Aren't we fools for believing Isaiah's vision of peace?
The rich man was a good man. From not stealing to honoring his parents to loving God (and more), he hadn’t merely memorized the essential commandments of his faith. They were the benchmarks of his daily life.
Why can’t I ignore the disciple Thomas? Each year, when reading the scripture for Lent, and then plunging into the intense, familiar verses about Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter, I rarely think about Thomas. Indeed, with a few exceptions—Peter’s bumbling betrayals, Judas’ fatal scheming—I’m hugely focused on Jesus.
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