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Discussion in 'The Law of God' started by Joshua, Feb 12, 2013.

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  1. AThornquist

    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.
     
  2. Pergamum

    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.
     
  3. Curt

    Curt Puritan Board Graduate

    I've LENT books hat were never returned. But, I won't give up lending books.
     
  4. TylerRay

    TylerRay Puritan Board Senior

    Syncretism.
     
  5. Unoriginalname

    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".;)
     
  6. PanamaPuritan

    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.
     
  7. JohnGill

    JohnGill Puritan Board Senior

    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.
     
  8. Jack K

    Jack K 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.
     
  9. Unoriginalname

    Unoriginalname Puritan Board Junior

    I put the frozen in chosen.

    This may be a silly question but do the dutch reformed churches do lent and ash Wednesday?
     
  10. kvanlaan

    kvanlaan Puritan Board Doctor

    No, we most certainly do not!
     
  11. earl40

    earl40 Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    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.
     
  12. Unoriginalname

    Unoriginalname Puritan Board Junior

    I wasn't sure because I know your confessions still recognize Christmas.
     
  13. CJW

    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.
     
  14. Bill The Baptist

    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
     
  15. AThornquist

    AThornquist Puritan Board Doctor

    Gave up autocannibalism for Lent :um: Any other options?
     
  16. sevenzedek

    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.
     
  17. kvanlaan

    kvanlaan Puritan Board Doctor

    True, fair enough.
     
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