Lent – First Sunday

I preached at the Stromness Baptist Church this morning on the four passages from the Lectionary. They were Gen 2:15-17, 3:1-7, Mat 4:1-11, Romans 5:12-19 and Psalm 32. One of those passages was the Temptation of Jesus in the wilderness. Steve Taylor had a good idea for this, and the other Sundays during Lent.

Assignment:

find seven items you would most want to take if you were travelling 40 days into a desert. find a piece of Lenten fabric; a cloth that you feel best captures how you feel about entering Lent. find a place in your house that these seven items might remain over the Lenten period and place them on your Lenten Fabric. send a photo of your items to us at spirit2go at gmail dot com and we will add it to the photodisplay.
Spirituality2Go.

HT:Jonny Baker

So I did this, at the church, and talked about each item. Then took a photo for Steves blog.

Lent

Fabric: the lightweight black nylon of a traveler/pilgrim, which actually is a bag to hold my stuff.

7 Things: Pillow, hiking boots, notebook and pen, suntan lotion or creme, panama hat, bible, matches and toothbrush. Oops. Thats 9. OK. I will leave behind the pillow and lotion.

The message went pretty well. I tapped into some thoughts on being Eikons from Scot McKnight’s A Community Called Atonement and drew from the excellent Lent chapter from Baptist theologican John Colwell, who talks about our authentic humanity in his book The Rhythm of Doctrine. I also mentioned the movie Atonement in relation to Psalm 32 and the joy of sins forgiven and living within God’s limits. We touched on some atonement images. And Lent as a time of re-calibrating and re-finding those limits and entering into the fulness of an authentic humanity.

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Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.

1 Comment

  • . . . sounds great, good idea! Lent as a time of re-calibrating and re-finding those limits and entering into the fulness of an authentic humanity. Right on Andrew!

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