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Wayne

Tempus faciendi, Domine.
"Brace yourselves."

I was hoping perhaps Josh was about to post an advertisement for men's suspenders.
 

Berean

Puritanboard Commissioner
"Brace yourselves."

I was hoping perhaps Josh was about to post an advertisement for men's suspenders.
Or the Presbyterian cologne for which he is so well known. His version of Mennen Skin Bracer.
 

Bill The Baptist

Puritan Board Graduate
I have already had a couple of friends tell me that they are giving up Facebook for lent. That ranks right up there with another person I know who generally gives up Diet Pepsi for lent. It is one thing to engage in a completely unbiblical and unneccesary ritual, but if you are going to do it, at least give up something meaningful.
 

Rich Koster

Puritan Board Post-Graduate
I was invited to an Ash Wed. service. I politely declined and mentioned the RPW & some Scottish reformers. A future lunch date is pending to discuss this at length.
 

JoannaV

Puritan Board Sophomore
Pancaaaaaakes.

Giving up facebook might equal more time in the Bible. Not sure about the Diet Pepsi though. Maybe the chemicals in it cause an inability to focus on Scripture for long, plus decrease memory?

I suppose some people may find this time of year a handy time to focus on self-discipline as it is easy to explain your activities to others. Less negative peer-pressure.
 

travstar

Puritan Board Freshman
The shame is that Reformed worship celebrates Lent, or at least the principles thereof. Reformed worship, however, should do it every week along with Christmas, Easter, Epiphany, et al.
 

NaphtaliPress

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No. Reformed worship goes on DESPITE xmax, easter, and the host of man invented holy days.
The shame is that Reformed worship celebrates Lent, or at least the principles thereof. Reformed worship, however, should do it every week along with Christmas, Easter, Epiphany, et al.
 

travstar

Puritan Board Freshman
No. Reformed worship goes on DESPITE xmax, easter, and the host of man invented holy days.
The shame is that Reformed worship celebrates Lent, or at least the principles thereof. Reformed worship, however, should do it every week along with Christmas, Easter, Epiphany, et al.
Sorry, I supposed the context of "the principles thereof" would have carried over. Oh, well. I'll rephrase, then. We celebrate, Christ's birth, life, suffering, teaching, death, burial, resurrection and everything else embodied in the man-made celebrations every week.
 

NaphtaliPress

Administrator
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Correct; we do this despite what ever pretend reformed worship principle says we can have all this and holy days too. If that's where you are we are on the same page. Bygones.
 

travstar

Puritan Board Freshman
We are certainly on the same page in this regard. Every day and every week embodies the whole of the liturgical calendar.
 

Jack K

Puritan Board Professor
Any short articles or tracts that are irenic to send to our catholic friends?
Spoken like a true missionary.

I find Lent makes for a great time of year to engage in spiritual conversations with both Catholics and many liberal Protestants who don't really know the gospel but find themselves, for a few months each year, trying or feeling forced to be somewhat "extra spiritual," even if only in small ways. Some of those people seem more open this time of year to hearing why I approach things differently than they do. They may be surprised that I—someone they thought was very spiritual—don't do anything for Lent. They ask why. I use the opportunity to talk about Jesus, of course, not about what holidays are appropriate.
 

NaphtaliPress

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Right. If passed the basics of the gospel and sola scriptura, maybe an article on the RPW like Bogue's Scriptura Worship; online in several places I think.
Any short articles or tracts that are irenic to send to our catholic friends?
Spoken like a true missionary.

I find Lent makes for a great time of year to engage in spiritual conversations with both Catholics and many liberal Protestants who don't really know the gospel but find themselves, for a few months each year, trying or feeling forced to be somewhat "extra spiritual," even if only in small ways. Some of those people seem more open this time of year to hearing why I approach things differently than they do. They may be surprised that I—someone they thought was very spiritual—don't do anything for Lent. They ask why. I use the opportunity to talk about Jesus, of course, not about what holidays are appropriate.
 

Pergamum

Ordinary Guy (TM)
I am not sure a large technical article on a term that folks have never heard before ("Regulative Principle of Worship") is the best way to irenically engage Catholic friends and make them think.

I was thinking 3-4 paragraphs, friendly, clear, laymen's terms, and simple...explain lent and explain why the Gospel is better.
 

Jack K

Puritan Board Professor
I am not sure a large technical article on a term that folks have never heard before ("Regulative Principle of Worship") is the best way to irenically engage Catholic friends and make them think.

I was thinking 3-4 paragraphs, friendly, clear, laymen's terms, and simple...explain lent and explain why the Gospel is better.
It sounds like something I might like to try to write some day (and a lot like the conversation I just had with my kids around the dinner table tonight). But it doesn't look like I could have it done by the start of Lent this year.
 

Gage Browning

Puritan Board Freshman
In a discussion the other day with a Methodist, a Presbyterian and a Catholic there was a discussion about what was being "given up for lent". One guy, the Methodist said "sweets", the Presbyterian said "meat", the RC said "meat" and they turned to me and I thought to myself, I could say "Popery" but that would be to long an explanation. So I said "smoking". My RC friend said," but you don't smoke"? I replied , well as long as we are all giving up easy stuff, I just thought I would as well.
 
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