Lent

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A Time to Feast and a Time to Fast

What if we didn’t feed our expectation that every (reasonable) urge and appetite ought to be quenched?

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How Lent Can Help You Reconcile Faith and Doubt

Lent doesn’t answer all of our questions, but may reveal why we find value in spirituality in the first place.

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Our Problem with Public Piety and One-Upping

Wouldn’t it be nice if we all figured out how to be charitable without sounding a trumpet on Twitter?

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Christians Need to Reclaim the Practice of Piety

In this Lenten season, let’s remember that piety is the joyful fulfilling of our duty to God and each other.

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All Is Dust and DNA

Here’s what happens when you pair the truth of Ash Wednesday with that of evolution.

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Why Lent Asks Us to Give Up a Few of Our Favorite Things

Why do we put aside things that matter? Because things matter to us so very much.

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Pope Francis the Sinner

Sure, this is the pope who said, “Who am I to judge?” But Pope Francis’s mission has been to live out a theology of sin.

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Lent 101

Making sense of ashes, fish and fasting during the annual 40-day penitential period.

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Street Evangelism and Ashes

When I took church to the streets of San Francisco’s Mission District, I found God was already there.

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Sin: Making Sense Out of Nonsense

Love the sinner, hate the sin? That doesn’t work for atheists. But even we can make sense of sin.

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I’m Giving Up Control for Lent, and You Better Give Up Something, Too

I called the Dean of the National Cathedral for a lesson on Lent and realized I needed to do more than just learn about it.

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Good News! You’re a Sinner and Lent Is Here

During the season of Lent, Christians are reminded of their sin. That makes it the most wonderful time of the year.

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Wednesday’s Sign

The ash traditionally indicates his penitence, sinfulness, humility and mortality

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The Great (Caffeine-Free) Wilderness

We want to follow God to the depths of caffeine detox. Or do we? Lord, help me.