The Table

The Blog of the Biola University Center for Christian Thought

  • Abstinence, Intensity, and Love // Dust No. 26

    By Bruce HindmarshApril 19, 2014

    "Lent is about love." Two final reflections on Lent for this Holy Saturday.

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  • For Those Who Feel Forsaken // Dust No. 25

    By Eric L. JohnsonApril 18, 2014

    "And then one Friday afternoon, we hear both God and man say, 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning?' 'In you our fathers trusted; to you they cried and were rescued.'

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  • Penitence and Emotions // Dust No. 24

    By Jeffrey FrohApril 18, 2014

    "Guilt is born of the thoughts “What I did is no good, and I’m no good for doing it!”. This kind of global self-rating will bring us a ton of shame, not to mention depression and a host of other negative emotions. If our goal this Lenten season is to grow closer to God and appreciate Jesus’ sacrifice for us, it’s in our best interest to keep our guilt at bay and instead feel remorseful."

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  • Remembering Ash Wednesday // Dust No. 23

    By Lauralee FarrerApril 17, 2014

    "My forehead was obliterated by black ash. There was ash sprinkled all over my cheeks and onto my clothes. I am unfamiliar with the protocol of ash re-imposition, but I felt wrong editing it, so I left it alone. Then, later in the day, a friend and I went to a local Mexican restaurant for lunch."

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  • The End of Lent // Dust No. 22

    By Theresa TisdaleApril 17, 2014

    "The Paschal Triduum (Thursday Evening through Sunday Evening) is especially significant to me. The focus on betrayal/agony, crucifixion/death, waiting, and resurrection in many ways mirrors the rhythms of our life as over and over again: we face difficult days, events, or seasons that feel like betrayals and death; we wait (sometimes with hope sometimes with hopelessness) for something new to happen; a new birth or resurrection at last occurs. Many times our desperate, whispered prayer may be: 'oh God, turn this tomb into a womb…'"

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  • Frame by Frame Through Holy Week // Dust No. 21

    By Matt JensonApril 16, 2014

    "The gospel accounts give us a rare glimpse into the details of this week. They slow down their travelogue feel, with episodes strung together, and offer us a close-up look, frame by frame, at Jesus' confrontation with the powers that be, with sin, death, and the devil in Jerusalem."

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  • Less Fit to Live in This World // Dust No. 20

    By John Mark ReynoldsApril 15, 2014

    "When I say 'no' to my desires, I prepare for the great denial of self that will happen at the moment of my death. Lent makes me less fit to live in this world, but it is (I have found) excellent preparation for the world to come."

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