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AThornquist

Puritan Board Doctor
One local church here is having a Lent service for the purpose of using it as an evangelistic opportunity in this RC dominated town. People are inviting their RC family members so that they will hear the true Gospel, and it is actually one of my pastors who is preaching the two services there.
 

Pergamum

Ordinary Guy (TM)
Andrew, if you wanted...could you start a new post on what your church did. I would love to hear what folks think of that as a missionary strategy.
 

Curt

Puritan Board Graduate
I've LENT books hat were never returned. But, I won't give up lending books.
 

Unoriginalname

Puritan Board Junior
I told a catholic coworker yesterday that presbyterians don't give up things for lent because we already gave up fun to become Presbyterians. Also I don't always eat meat but when I do it is a friday during "lent".;)
 

PanamaPuritan

Puritan Board Freshman
I usually don't bring up the subject. I don't want to rain on anyone's parade or seem divisive at all. I don't observe lent in any way because I always forget. Also, as an ex-roman catholic, I did find it a bit offensive (mostly unexpected) that one Presbyterian church (not of my denomination) celebrated palm sunday and ash wednesday. One of the reasons I go to church is so that I can forget about what's going on in the world, and to me, lent is part of the world. It brings back bad memories and reminds me of the idolatry I used to engage in almost unwillingly. For this reason I will not use the words "lent" or even think about it, and hope that other Presbyterians understand that us ex-roman catholics do not find it helpful when those things are spoken of in a positive light from the pulpit.
 

JohnGill

Puritan Board Senior
presbyterians don't give up things for lent because we already gave up fun to become Presbyterians.
Speak for yourself. You've obviously found the wrong thing, then. :pilgrim:
Presbyterians gave up fun? As a Baptist I look to Presbyterians for sound beer recommendations. How can that not be fun? And of course good scotch and cigar/pipe tobacco recommendations. Alas, many Baptist have forgot the pleasure of a good cigar or pipe tobacco since the days of Spurgeon.
 

Jack K

Puritan Board Professor
I usually don't bring up the subject. I don't want to rain on anyone's parade or seem divisive at all. I don't observe lent in any way because I always forget. Also, as an ex-roman catholic, I did find it a bit offensive (mostly unexpected) that one Presbyterian church (not of my denomination) celebrated palm sunday and ash wednesday. One of the reasons I go to church is so that I can forget about what's going on in the world, and to me, lent is part of the world. It brings back bad memories and reminds me of the idolatry I used to engage in almost unwillingly. For this reason I will not use the words "lent" or even think about it, and hope that other Presbyterians understand that us ex-roman catholics do not find it helpful when those things are spoken of in a positive light from the pulpit.
Your story confirms what I've often felt... that Lent is usually practiced in ways that deny the gospel and draw attention away from Christ and his work rather than to those things. This, to me, is the chief reason (among several) to avoid it and to show something better to those who're trapped in such thinking.
 

earl40

Puritan Board Professor
Your story confirms what I've often felt... that Lent is usually practiced in ways that deny the gospel and draw attention away from Christ and his work rather than to those things. This, to me, is the chief reason (among several) to avoid it and to show something better to those who're trapped in such thinking.
I am happy you used the word "usually" because while I was a protestant RC (that is a RC who is a Christian) I felt guilty that I never did give up anything for lent. I find it interesting how I was a practicing protestant even while I was in the RC church. Of course as I have grown in grace I do not feel guilty for not doing lent.

Josh LOVE the calendar...it is a great conversation starter once you get past the heat it generates.
 

CJW

Puritan Board Freshman
For many Anglicans here, Lent is the only time of year they read their Bibles and engage in Bible study, so the season, however much we may wish its demise, is an excellent time to pray that God will open their hearts to the truth of His word. I'm trying to be more diligent in that this year.
 

Bill The Baptist

Puritan Board Graduate
If you find yourself stuck in a lent trap, just do as the Snuggle fabric softener bear would do and chew your leg off to escape
 

sevenzedek

Puritan Board Junior
Someone said beer. What kind of beer goes with fish? Mmm. Belgian Ale. There is beer battered fish too. That's good stuff.

And for those of you who were wondering about lent, lent is okay so long as there is no usury involved.

Did somebody say lent? Wasn't Paul a lent-maker?

I'm going away now.
 
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