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I Gave Up Gossip for Lent Dena Dyer shares her experience of giving up gossiping for lent, what it taught her about spiritual disciplines, and how it prepared her to be wowed by the resurrection story again. Resource type: Article Source: The High Calling Author: Dena Dyer
Sadie, the Prayer Dog Commenting on Luke 13:1-9, Alyce McKenzie encourages us to heed the parable’s urgent call to repentance - and not miss out on joy! Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Patheos Author: Alyce M. McKenzie
Lent, A Necessary Time of Preparation This resource provides an introduction to Lent and offers a comprehensive guide to Lenten planning. It provides suggestions for selecting passages, ideas for a sermon series, questions to consider, and sample elements of worship. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
Lament: Ash Wednesday This reflection gets to the heart of Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent by exploring Joel 2 and our need to pray, to fast, to mourn, and to read God’s Word. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Sermons That Work Author: Joslyn Ogden Schaefer
Ash Wednesday: Cultural Resources This worship resource for Ash Wednesday provides the following cultural resources: historical information, a prose excerpt, and traditional songs. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: The African American Lectionary Author: William H. Wiggins, Jr.
Ash Wednesday Worship Outline of a worship service of repentance and renewal for Ash Wednesday, including prayers, invitation, scripture, music, imposition of ashes, benediction, and a link to a meditation by Debra Rienstra. Resource type: Element of Worship Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Author: Debra Rienstra
Disciplines: Responding to God’s Grace This article considers spiritual disciplines as intentionally responding to God’s grace-filled step of love toward us by inviting him to manifest his life through us. Resource type: Article Source: Colossian Forum Blog Author: Lori Wilson Why Ash Wednesday? Ash Wednesday became the day that marked the beginning of the Lenten renewal. Laura Smit explores the use of ash on Ash Wednesday and the implications for believers. Resource type: Article Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Author: Laura Smit
On Silence and Losing Control Daniel Camacho reflects on his experience of incorporating spiritual disciplines, and specifically the practice of silence, with an academic course. Resource type: Article Source: Colossian Forum Blog Author: Daniel Camacho Discipline with Justice Mark D. Roberts uses Jeremiah 46:28 to reflect on how God’s discipline is always done with justice and concludes that one's own dispensing of discipline should be accompanied with instruction and love. Resource type: Devotional Source: The High Calling Author: Mark D. Roberts Discipline before Freedom This illustration shows that true Christian freedom cannot be separated from discipline. Only the artist who has mastered the technique can freely respond to the vision and inspiration of the moment. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Emily Herman Discipline Is an Indispensable Ingredient Jamie Jenkins uses the example of the extensive daily practice of a basketball star, to illustrate the importance of discipline for growth in the Christian life. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Day1 Author: Jamie Jenkins Full Text Hymns on Discipline DisciplinePD
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Life in God’s Kingdom What is needed is a theology of the disciplines for the spiritual life. We need a foundation, a practical, workable theology of them. We must understand why the disciplines are integral to meaningful life in Christ.... Resource type: Article Source: Christian History and Biography Author: Dallas Willard Homilies: Discipline, Temptation, God's Slowness, Wonder, and Reconciliation This set of five Catholic homilies for the Lenten season focus on discipline (Luke 6:39–45), temptation (Luke 4:1–13), the slowness of God (Genesis 15:5–12), wonder (Exodus 3:1-15), and reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:17–21). Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review Author: Fr. Brice Higginbotham Reconciliation is a Discipline In this interview, Pie Ntukamazina, a Burundian Anglican bishop, talks about reconciliation as a discipline, suggesting that people will continue to suffer If the church does not take part in poverty reduction and ignorance reduction. Resource type: Article Source: Faith and Leadership Author: Pie Ntukamazina Why Practice Spiritual Disciplines This audio commentary discusses the meaning and rationale of the disciplines of the Christian life. We are saved by grace, but grace leads us to practices that help us stay spiritually healthy (Titus 2:11-13). Resource type: Audio/Video Source: Groundwork Author: Scott Hoezee From Fast Food to Gourmet: Spiritual Disciplines Tricia Brown discusses the topic of spiritual disciplines. Many of us attend church regularly, but do not practice spiritual disciplines the way we maybe could. Tricia focuses on prayer, Bible study, and giving. Resource type: Article Source: Ministry Matters Author: Tricia Brown Practicing the Discipline of “Thin Slices of Joy” Karina Kreminski recommends, as a discipline, "paying attention to the beauty, truth and life that often quietly disrupt our daily lives." This practice can facilitate joy as a gift of the Holy Spirit. Resource type: Devotional Source: Missio Alliance Author: Karina Kreminski Spiritual Disciplines 101 Spiritual practices are the regular habits by which Christians intentionally participate in and enjoy grace. Phil Reinders explains why grace and effort are not incompatible and encourages Christians to engage in spiritual disciplines. Resource type: Article Source: The Banner Author: Phil Reinders What are Spiritual Disciplines? Carol Jacobs introduces the concept of spiritual disciplines and outlines the biblical foundations for these disciplines. Resource type: Article Source: Groundwork Author: Courtney Jacob
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