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There is something decidedly public about Ash Wednesday. Walking around all day with a gash of gray ash across one's forehead—this is among the most visible Christian things I do each year. This is a rare day when I cannot and could not hide my ...

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REV DR JOHN WADE LONG JR

February 24, 2012  9:16pm

Bravo! Taking our faith into the public square boldly but humbly is a way to lovingly confront an increasingly unbelieving world with the Gospel. (This we did in London with a lunchtime "prayer in the square" using a simple A-board reading, "MAY WE PRAY FOR YOU." Our offer was met with curiosity, disdain, the query "Yes how much does it cost?", and not infrequently with tears that someone cared.) May I offer a suggestion to the marking people with an ashen cross? That, in addition to--"ashes you are...etc." that you add, "And we have a Christ who died to and rose again to take our sin and guilt away." Should we ever deliver the bad news without clearly offering the Good? - RevDr. John W. Long, Jr.

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