“Why lent is hypocritical”

Or not. The subject is a search that brought someone to Targuman and I hope they read my post Explaining Lent. As with anything else that we do, prayer, communion, charity, the attitude that we take into the endeavor makes all the difference in the world. Who shall ascend to the hill of the LORD? The one […]

Explaining Lent (to the Reformed and otherwise) 6

Our good friend Jim West has offered a couple of comments regarding Lent that he suggests are in jest and are clearly labeled as “mockery” but I think show a much more willful effort to misunderstand and misrepresent the Christian tradition of observing Lent. I should note that I grew up in an evangelical Presbyterian […]

Jesus, “Not my will but…” 3

This post, like the previous one on Paul last week, is part of my larger devotional study Characters of God. This was presented this past Sunday, Palm Sunday. Characters of God is primarily about the flawed nature of biblical figures, how we can relate to and what we can learn from them. In this case, […]

How do we reflect Christ?

Dining with St. Paul - A lovely salad plate to go with your Spode.

Zealous much? Paul, Character of God 1   Recently updated!

I have mentioned before, three years ago, in fact, that I am working on a devotional book called “Characters of God.” This Lent I led our Adult Forum class (sounds vaguely naughty when I write that out) at our church through several of these chapters. This past Sunday was Paul and I don’t believe that […]

Lenten Poetry: Facing It 3

This morning an MFA graduate student led our class and led us through several poems relating to Lent. I did not realize this would our class and it is coincidental that I have been considering writing some poetry (and wrote some doggerel as a student, but have not tried anything lately). I am inspired, but […]

Morning has broken


Comic: The Temptations 1

Of Jesus, not the musical group. An Episcopal priest and graphic artist Earnest Graham has begun work on Matthew and has posted Matthew 4:1-11. The images are free for use in ministry, check ’em all out.     via Look Both Ways: Life at the Crossroads of Art and Faith: Bible Comic: Matthew 4:1-11, The […]

The Discipline of Lent 2

Dear People of God: The first Christians observed with great devotion the days of our Lord’s passion and resurrection, and it became the custom of the Church to prepare for them by a  season of penitence and fasting. This is season of Lent provided  a time in which converts to the faith were prepared for […]

Lamb-entations: “You can believe in God and still miss Him.”

That title was not mine, but that of the print version of Carla Carlisle’s “Spectator” column in Country Life magazine from last Lent. (Thanks to Philip Jenkins for sending me a copy last week.) Carlisle is not only a columnist, but also a farmer (near as I can tell) in England who raises sheep. Last […]