A Time To Turn: A Lenten blog series by the C4SO community

Each week of Lent, writers and thinkers from around our diocese will share their stories of repentance. What does it mean individually and corporately? What have they found most surprising / challenging about repentance? You’ll find yourself in good company as you repent and reflect this season.

Repentance: The Journey Home

March 24th, 2016|Comments Off on Repentance: The Journey Home

By the Rev. Canon Dr. Dennis Okholm Sometimes on the street corner near the university where I teach a man will be holding a sign telling passersby to "Repent!" At other times we see two [...]

The Heart’s Hard Turning

March 22nd, 2016|Comments Off on The Heart’s Hard Turning

By Nicole Mattke “There are no events but thoughts and the heart's hard turning, the heart's slow learning where to love and whom. The rest is merely gossip, and tales for other times.” – Annie [...]

Lent for the Non-Planner

March 16th, 2016|Comments Off on Lent for the Non-Planner

By the Rev. Janna Ziegler I always pack at the last minute. I forget to bring snacks to the park for my kids. I’m finishing this blog past the deadline in between tutoring kids in [...]

Reflecting on Repentance with Donald Trump

March 9th, 2016|Comments Off on Reflecting on Repentance with Donald Trump

By the Rev. Jon Ziegler Don’t Blame Yourself About fifteen years back, I was home from college for the weekend and I decided to get a haircut. And while I was waiting—I did what most [...]

The Life of Repentance

March 2nd, 2016|Comments Off on The Life of Repentance

By Michael Thorne Jarrett There is a handbook of Christian teaching from the first century that was likely written even before some of the New Testament books were written.  It is called the Didache, “the [...]

Lent, Week 3: You’re Not A Good Person (And Other Lenten Secrets)

February 24th, 2016|Comments Off on Lent, Week 3: You’re Not A Good Person (And Other Lenten Secrets)

A reflection by Eugene R. Schlesinger. Christianity is full of odd juxtapositions. I suppose our central belief in the Incarnation of God in Jesus of Nazareth should prepare us for this. If God and humanity [...]

Lent, Week 2: Why I’m Not Capable of True Repentance

February 17th, 2016|Comments Off on Lent, Week 2: Why I’m Not Capable of True Repentance

A reflection by the Rev. Canon Dr. Scot McKnight. There is only one reason for Jesus to repent for us. We can’t repent adequately. An adequate repentance has four elements: a true perception of sin (conviction), telling [...]

Lent, Week 1: Are You Really Only Dust in the Wind?

February 10th, 2016|Comments Off on Lent, Week 1: Are You Really Only Dust in the Wind?

A reflection by the Rev. Canon David Roseberry. Today clergy around the world will draw a cross-shaped smudge of dark black ashes on the foreheads of millions of people. It is the ancient rite of [...]