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Why I Gave Up Fasting for Lent
What Kierkegaard taught me about reviving the spirit of the season.
Five Family-Friendly Resources for Lent
What does it mean to teach our children about lament, fasting, and mortality? These books, apps, and flashcards can help.
What Shakespeare Taught Me About Ash Wednesday
On the first day of Lent, I’m reminded of a love that “alters not” and “bears it out even to the edge of doom.”
God’s Message on ‘Ash Valentine’s Day’: True Love Dies
When the first day of Lent falls on a romantic holiday, love and death meet up.
Christian Unity in Ashes
Ash Wednesday is an opportunity for Christians from many traditions to come together and recognize our need for Jesus.
I Was an Ash Wednesday Rookie
How the liturgical service enriched my non-liturgical faith.
Why Lent Is Good for Bad ChristiansSubscriber Access Only
The somber season leading up to Easter might feel like punishment. In fact, for people like me, it's sheer grace.
Lent in the Shadow of CancerSubscriber Access Only
Three writers reflect on breast cancer, bodies, and resurrection hope.
What to Give Up for Lent 2016? Consider Twitter's Top IdeasSubscriber Access Only
(UPDATED) Here's the final tally of the top 100 choices of 2016, plus charts on how Lenten abstinence has changed over time.
A Lent That's Not For Your Spiritual ImprovementSubscriber Access Only
Jesus' 40 days in the wilderness weren't about getting closer to God, either.
Why Ash Wednesday Belongs out of the Church and out on the StreetsSubscriber Access Only
We suspect that penitence is usually done best when one joins in a community.
Giving Up Self-Discipline for LentSubscriber Access Only
There is really only one 'lesson' I've learned in the penitential season.
iPhone Apps and the Old AdamSubscriber Access Only
A meditation on corporate confession for Ash Wednesday.
Ashes to AshesSubscriber Access Only
An early tradition of pre-Lenten repentance developed into our modern practice of Ash Wednesday.
Happy Ash Wednesday!Subscriber Access Only
Plus: "Patriarch of the West" no more, Orthodox Church in America scandal, and many other stories from online sources around the world.
Pre-Weblog: The Biggest Religion News of the DaySubscriber Access Only
Contemplation on our own sinfulness before a deluge of news articles.

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How I Explained Beirut’s Explosion to My Kids
How I Explained Beirut’s Explosion to My Kids
As Christian parents, our children must know we will keep them safe. But that does not mean keeping them comfortable.

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