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John John sits in the forest writing his Gospel. The risen Christ is in the heavens. This and other woodcuts in this 1533 Bible are the work of the German artist, Erhard Altdorfer (d. 1561) Resource type: Image | Source: Pitts Theology Library Digital Image Archive | Author: Martin Luther
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
Reading Julian on Good Friday Drawing from the writings of Julian of Norwich, this Good Friday article by Jason Lief presents the sufferings of Christ on the cross as a symbol of finding new life in foolishness rather than honor. Resource type: Article | Source: The Twelve | Author: Jason Lief
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
Chastening the mantra “God is at work in the world”: Lessons from WW2 David Fitch argues that "To say 'God is at work in the world, let us join with Him' requires a place where we see Him visibly so to discern where He is or isnt at work."... Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: David Fitch The Fight Between Carnival and Lent, art for Ash Wednesday Based on the painting, "The Fight Between Carnival and Lent" by Pieter Brueghel the Elder, this blog reflects on different aspects of the painting that point us to the beginning of Lent and Ash Wednesday, when... Resource type: Image | Source: Loyola Press | Author: Daniella Zsupan-Jerome
Unimaginable Words This Maundy Thursday or Good Friday service is patterned after tenebrae, a service of shadows or darkness. The theme is the disciple Peter's reflections on his "unimaginable words" denying Christ and his beginning to heal afterwards. Resource type: Service Outline | Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
Advent in the Marketplace Cameron Lee talks about the shopping culture during the Advent season. "If we celebrate Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but not Advent, what does that say about us?" He encourages us to seek the coming of... Resource type: Article | Source: Fuller Studio | Author: Cameron Lee
Advent Hope: Staying Afloat In this Advent reflection, the author ponders the challenge of offering real hope in the midst of difficult circumstances. Resource type: Article | Source: The High Calling
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Restore the Joy of Salvation On the twenty-seventh day of Lent, Jan Richardson ponders on the topic of joy in Psalm 51:1-12. She asks us to consider the ways in which we can invite God deeper into our spirits. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis | Source: The Painted Prayerbook | Author: Jan Richardson
An Ancient Discipling Approach that Works 365 Days a Year Michelle Van Loon recommends using a religious calendar (Christian or Jewish) for church planning, as an aid to discipleship. The rhythms of these calendars "represent God’s saving work in our lives and in the world." Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Michelle Van Loon Where We Can Find the Spirit at Work Where the church is united, there the Pentecostal Spirit of God is at work. Derek Vreeland explains how we can find the Holy Spirit at work in the church and what we ought to do. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Derek Vreeland Why Ash Wednesday? An article exploring Ash Wednesday and the implications for believers. Resource type: Article | Source: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship
Dallas Willard – Can Social Justice Be Just Another Works-Righteousness Gospel? This blog post by David Fitch is about how to avoid social justice movement in the church being just works based righteousness. It is suggested that the key is to start from the "Kingdom of God." Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: David Fitch The Role of Work & Career In Mission: Missional Community As the Means to Resist Making Work Fulfilling Drawing on Ernst Troelsch's teachings on vocation, this article by David Fitch explains that a Calvinist approach to work will redefine success from capitalist gains to the fulfillment of Christ's mission. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: David Fitch How to Take Church to Work: Reflections on Fitch’s “Faithful Presence” What does it mean to bring our faith to work? How do we balance our faith and relationships? What does it mean to practice faith in public? Kelly Foster offers his understandings in this article. Resource type: Article | Source: Missio Alliance | Author: Kelly Foster
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