A theory of jerks
Are you surrounded by fools? Are you the only reasonable person around? Then maybe you’re the one with the jerkitude, writes Eric Schwitzgebel in this humorous article exploring the theme of jerks, being judgmental, morality, etc.
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.
Contemporary Service for Ash Wednesday
Taylor Burton-Edwards offers an Ash Wednesday service with video, prayer, and music, scripture, receiving of ashes, and communion.
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.
The Bad News is Part of the Good News
In this interview, Fleming Rutledge explores the themes of suffering and belief surrounding the Easter and Good Friday, as well as the implications of these stories for Christians in the rest of history.
Commentary on Psalm 25:1-10
Psalm 25 is a model prayer, based on the cries of individuals to God in earlier psalms. It indicates how important it is regularly to recite words that call us to faith and dependence on God.
A sermon starter and commentary by Marvin McMickle on 2 Corinthians 5:20b–6:10, for Ash Wednesday in the African American Lectionary.
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.
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.
Advent resources: a folk ballad, "Every Valley," tells of the times when waiting is hard and hope is needed, a "Community Prayer for Waiting," a banner, a painting, another prayer, and two quotes from Dietrich Bonhoeffer....
Limping Toward Charity: Faith Hoping for Love
This article illustrates that the ways in which we engage controversy can ultimately serve to shape us in the image of Christ. (Part 3 of 3)
The fires of love
This article introduces the life and work of pious men and women in the middle ages who had hearts on fire with the love of God.
Full Text Hymns on Self-love
Thou Hidden Love of GodPD
Saviour, Thy dying lovePD
I Am His, and He Is MinePD
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John Stott shares "how enlightening it was to learn from William Temple that what the Bible means by sin is 'self-centeredness.'" An illustration of sin appropriate for Isaiah 14:13 and John 8:36.
The Journey Away from Self
Edward Hopkins' devotional on Mark 9:30-37 helps us to confront our own self-love and self-interest and pray that we would seek God's will for our self-giving lives.
Love in Action: 1 John Sermon Notes
The main idea of this sermon is that highest calling is to love others as Christ has loved us.
The Journey Away from Self
This devotional by Edward Hopkins focuses on living a life of service free from self-love, drawing from Mark 9:30-37 where Jesus tells his disciples that the greatest in the kingdom shall be the servant of all....
Jesus’ response in Mark 12:28 is the call of God’s people. Deuteronomy 6 is simply to love God with all our being and love our neighbors as ourselves. Here is a series on doing that well.
All You Need Is Love
Reflecting on Matthew 20:34-40, John Kavanaugh writes that with Jesus, love is irksome. Love is serving others, even laying down our lives for them. Love, when we do it, is God, again made flesh.
Self - Donation
This devotional on Mark 12:28-34 explains how Jesus raises the bar on religions observance from the mere offering of a burnt sacrifice to a total giving of self-sacrifice.
Love in Action at Work and in the World
This article reflects on narcissism from the perspective of 1 John 3:16-24, encouraging us reach out to someone in the workplace with an act of love.