Blog Archives: March 2011

Lent, Lament, and Spirituals

March 21, 2011
If you are a Christ Church attender/member, and have participated in the last 2 worship services (first 2 Sundays of Lent), AND if you have arrived early, or right on time (!), you will have heard me sing some old spiritual texts to set the tone for our services and for this season of Lent.  Outside of the Psalms, it's difficult to find texts/music that more capture the spirit and idea of lament than spirituals.  As I was looking at various texts and songs to use, I ran across several interesting articles linking the history of Christian ...

Lent: All Life is Repentance

March 17, 2011
During Lent I wanted to share a great two page paper on Repentance and the Gospel by Tim Keller.  I recommend using this resource for silent reflection a few times during Lent to cultivate the skill of Repentance and Renewal. Martin Luther opened the Reformation by nailing “The Ninety-Five Theses” to the door of Wittenberg Cathedral.  The very first of the theses was: “Our Lord and Master Jesus Christ…willed the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.”  On the surface this looks a little bleak!  Luther seems to be saying that ...