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Comings and Goings is a blog written by Theology, Formation, and Evangelism Director Charles B. "Chip" Hardwick as he travels throughout the church. God is on the move out and about in the world, working to redeem all things in Jesus Christ. As we join this mission, by the power of the Spirit we see God on the move. This blog contains glimpses of how Chip finds this to be true in his comings and goings. 

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Posts with tag: lent

March 12, 2013

Lent: A Time for Giving Up

What are you giving up for Lent? That was the question.  In fact, I will always remember a new friend's answer to that question. She proudly said, "Do you know what I’m giving up for Lent? I'm giving up celibacy," and before I could feel my ears turning red and my cheeks blushing she announced "I'm getting married!" The idea of giving something up for Lent may or may not be in our Presbyterian/Reformed ethos. We tend to say that our grace-oriented faith does not Vegan for Lent visual that has a collection of vegetables arrayed around a bowl of blackberries. require our efforts to purify ourselves to please God. But ...

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February 1, 2013

February 2013 - The wanting of the fire

Ashes are the remains of a fire. Any fire. Whether a warming fire from logs burning on a cold day or a raging fire that results in the destructive loss of a home. The ashes before us this month originate in the fires that consumed the palm leaves from last year’s celebration of Palm Sunday.

No matter the fire, the results are the same. Ashes. The palm ashes are the remains of a fire. It is a long time from Easter’s celebration to the cold, winter day when we step forward to have our foreheads smudged on Ash Wednesday. The fire of Holy Week has dimmed. Many of the extra Easter faces have retreated. Sanctuaries are cold, the pews never quite warmed up by the furnace.

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January 31, 2013

Lenten Resource on Eco-Justice

Check out this resource for Lent 2013.  It's a well laid out resource to focus Lent around environmental issues and God's call.

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February 21, 2012

Fasting and Feasting

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Season of Lent. 

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