Lent http://theresonant.org/ en Changing the Channel http://theresonant.org/post/2020-03-18/changing-the-channel <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Changing the Channel</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/89" lang="" about="/user/89" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Michael Schutz</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 03/18/2020 - 23:54</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-mt-subheader-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>We jumped into the deep end of video, and have launched a YouTube channel. There's crossover content for tonight.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/40Days___Day19.jpg?itok=lJMMu3qe 325w, /sites/default/files/styles/max_650x650/public/40Days___Day19.jpg?itok=0hnYyxI0 650w, /sites/default/files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/40Days___Day19.jpg?itok=wHYVclqg 1300w, /sites/default/files/styles/max_2600x2600/public/40Days___Day19.jpg?itok=QQt0ArtY 1920w" sizes="(min-width: 1290px) 1290px, 100vw" src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/40Days___Day19.jpg?itok=lJMMu3qe" alt="40 Days of Resonance: Day 19" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>I have exactly two minutes to post this before it's tomorrow. That's not going to happen. What else isn't going to happen is that I'm going to become legalistic about this thing. So tonight I share with you a couple videos I made today as we stepped into the world of live-streaming after it's become one of the only ways to reach&nbsp;groups of people. We all wish we could change the channel to watch something other than coronavirus and all the news around that. Well, we&nbsp;still need to address that (otherwise we wouldn't be doing live-streaming like this), but we're exploring a new channel of communications.&nbsp;I hope something in one or both of them resonates with you.</p> <p>The first is a test, but also a short devotion and an invitation.</p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/BytWw7jVJfU?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> <p>&nbsp;The second is our abbreviated "service" that we streamed for our congregation and others tonight.</p> <div class="video-embed-field-provider-youtube video-embed-field-responsive-video"><iframe width="854" height="480" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/xjMvw88UGbc?autoplay=0&amp;start=0&amp;rel=0"></iframe> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <span class="field__label">Tags</span> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/58" hreflang="en">Lent</a></li> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/179" hreflang="en">live-stream</a></li> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/180" hreflang="en">digital bridges</a></li> </ul> </div><div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/13" hreflang="en">Church</a></li> </ul> </div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=116&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="aZAxh26HpGVp_f_Gn-jiPuT3maPs2cbQWX-1tv2qeRE"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 19 Mar 2020 06:54:11 +0000 Michael Schutz 116 at http://theresonant.org Lord, Help Me http://theresonant.org/post/2020-03-06/lord-help-me <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Lord, Help Me</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/89" lang="" about="/user/89" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Michael Schutz</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 03/06/2020 - 23:18</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-mt-subheader-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Sometimes, you feel super inspired and want to write a lot. And sometimes, you remember that people came to Jesus and cried, "Lord, help me".</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/40Days___Day09.jpg?itok=FdDFqGgJ 325w, /sites/default/files/styles/max_650x650/public/40Days___Day09.jpg?itok=fqoUFSh6 650w, /sites/default/files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/40Days___Day09.jpg?itok=SovNXixM 1300w, /sites/default/files/styles/max_2600x2600/public/40Days___Day09.jpg?itok=nCL0G6pQ 1920w" sizes="(min-width: 1290px) 1290px, 100vw" src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/40Days___Day09.jpg?itok=FdDFqGgJ" alt="40 Days of Resonance: Day 9" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>I spent today with others in my church body from Alberta and BC, talking about the work of our church. Almost 12 hours of formal meetings, then another couple hours visiting and talking about the work of the church over flights at a micro-brewery next to the hotel (well, I had a cider...celiac disease and all that...but others had some good-looking beer flights).</p> <p>Sometimes, I get inspired and write a bunch. Other times, I hear someone else preach to me about the faith of a woman who was determined to get what she needed from Jesus, and simply by acknowledging her sinfulness and praying, "Lord, help me", she received grace and mercy from Him.</p> <p>Sometimes I just need to acknowledge my helplessness and come to Jesus in&nbsp;faith.</p> <p>Lord, help me.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <span class="field__label">Tags</span> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/58" hreflang="en">Lent</a></li> </ul> </div><div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/13" hreflang="en">Church</a></li> </ul> </div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=107&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="2KngjqS-KGXD0OHwQtWwMnAw4AeCzBizmuL6F-a6Y_Y"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Sat, 07 Mar 2020 07:18:30 +0000 Michael Schutz 107 at http://theresonant.org In the Wilderness http://theresonant.org/post/2020-03-05/in-the-wilderness <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">In the Wilderness</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/89" lang="" about="/user/89" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Michael Schutz</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 03/05/2020 - 19:30</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-mt-subheader-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Lent is 40 days in remembrance of the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness, fasting and preparing to be tempted by the devil. Ancient Israel spent 40 years in the wilderness as a consequence of their sin. Lent is a wilderness experience for us too.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/40Days___Day08.jpg?itok=ffrPjNg5 325w, /sites/default/files/styles/max_650x650/public/40Days___Day08.jpg?itok=2rgmxZ-K 650w, /sites/default/files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/40Days___Day08.jpg?itok=mg8KpY5P 1300w, /sites/default/files/styles/max_2600x2600/public/40Days___Day08.jpg?itok=BMbPrzx2 1920w" sizes="(min-width: 1290px) 1290px, 100vw" src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/40Days___Day08.jpg?itok=ffrPjNg5" alt="40 Days of Resonance: Day 8" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11), fasting and preparing to be tempted by the devil. We're not told in Scripture what He did in that time, other than He fasted. He went without earthly sustenance, and even in reply to being tempted by bread, He said that people don't live only by bread, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.</p> <p>Ancient Israel spent 40 years in the wilderness as a judgment from God&nbsp;after&nbsp;rejecting Him who brought them out of slavery in Egypt. (Read a summary of God's judgment in Numbers 14:20-35, though there's much more to the story). In&nbsp;the wilderness they experienced much hardship, though God was with them in that time.</p> <p>It's been a common refrain for me already in Lent, but it's an important one: Where Adam and Eve failed in resisting temptation, where ancient Israel failed, Jesus succeeded. He stood up to the devil's lies and twisting of God's Word. He went through that on the way to the cross, for you and me.</p> <p>Any talk of wilderness wanderings for you and me is spiritual and/or metaphorical. But even in the midst of any wilderness we wander through, whether as a result of our own sin or as a result of the brokenness of the world around us, God does not leave us alone. Jesus has promised to be with us always (Matthew 28:20), and He is always faithful to His promises. He is with you, even in the midst of your wilderness.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <span class="field__label">Tags</span> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/58" hreflang="en">Lent</a></li> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/157" hreflang="en">wilderness</a></li> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/158" hreflang="en">Exodus</a></li> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/152" hreflang="en">temptation</a></li> </ul> </div><div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/13" hreflang="en">Church</a></li> </ul> </div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=106&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="EaHgcjlI8ZFeDvgXtE-AeMHOuxtkBvHscvUH7uWWCkI"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 06 Mar 2020 03:30:34 +0000 Michael Schutz 106 at http://theresonant.org Important but not The Ultimate Thing http://theresonant.org/post/2020-03-04/important-but-not-the-ultimate-thing <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Important but not The Ultimate Thing</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/89" lang="" about="/user/89" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Michael Schutz</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 03/04/2020 - 20:48</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-mt-subheader-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>I taught tonight at our church about living in the world, but not "of" it. As I consider the world around me, it's important to be in the world, to be involved in good and noble pursuits, even in things like politics. But that's not The Ultimate Thing.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/40Days___Day07.jpg?itok=ZDFPrlEV 325w, /sites/default/files/styles/max_650x650/public/40Days___Day07.jpg?itok=3ErpFOgD 650w, /sites/default/files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/40Days___Day07.jpg?itok=Nj5y8lA8 1300w, /sites/default/files/styles/max_2600x2600/public/40Days___Day07.jpg?itok=zAt07kpw 1920w" sizes="(min-width: 1290px) 1290px, 100vw" src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/40Days___Day07.jpg?itok=ZDFPrlEV" alt="40 Days of Resonance: Day 7" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>I'm becoming a bit of a political...observer. Not a pundit, not a junkie, just an interested observer. I know that the two things one isn't supposed to talk about in polite conversation are religion and politics. Well, you're going to get lots of talk about religion here, and a bit of politics too. I guess I'm just not that polite.</p> <p>Politics are an important thing. Even for Christians, politics are important; government is the way that God rules in the world through the law. Government (though not one specific form) is&nbsp;designed to punish evil and reward good. Public servants are called by God to be just that: servants of the public, working towards the common welfare of all people, especially those who need extra care. This is sometimes called the <i>civil</i>&nbsp;government, or God's&nbsp;<em>left-hand&nbsp;</em><i>kingdom</i>. (The Church is the&nbsp;<em>spiritual</em>&nbsp;government, God's&nbsp;<em>right-hand kingdom</em>, where God reigns not by the law, but by the Gospel.)</p> <p>Politics has become such a dirty word that you might&nbsp;be scoffing at me right now, because we behold (there's that word again)&nbsp;so much brokenness that it's hard to believe there's any redeeming quality to politics at all, never mind that God designed government for the good of people. Some may think, "if this is God's doing, I don't want any part of that". The brokenness isn't God's doing, but the design for the needs of all people to be met through good government is.</p> <p>So when I see brokenness at all&nbsp;levels of government—our municipality is experiencing much turmoil over brokenness in our public school system right now, our province and nation is mired in turmoil over broken relationships between Canadian government and Indigenous peoples and so many other things, and internationally, well, let's just say I'm observing things like the Democratic party primary process in USAmerica&nbsp;with a sort of, something that I won't call schadenfreude (there's no joy in it), but maybe semi-detached fascination?—it's hard not to be cynical.</p> <p>Then I remember that as a Christian I'm called to be in the world, to seek the welfare of the place I live (like the exiled Israelites; read about that in Jeremiah&nbsp;29:4-7), and contribute to the good of society for the sake of the welfare of others. Scripture is crystal clear that part of being a good Christian is being a faithful citizen of our earthly homes under just government (Romans 13:1-7 is perhaps the most clear).</p> <p>But I also remember that I am&nbsp;<em>in</em>&nbsp;the world, but not&nbsp;<em>of</em>&nbsp;it. I've been born from above (John 3:3) and I serve a King who's kingdom is not of this world (John 19:36-37). So I live in this world and seek to be a part of contributing to the welfare of the place I live. Many faithful Christians have vocations in politics and in civil government, and that is a commendable thing. But politics isn't The Ultimate Thing. We have hope for a future that doesn't include any brokenness at all, including in politics. If there are public servants in the life that is to come, they will be just that: public servants. They will fulfill their roles with honour and integrity, and will serve others willingly out of a perfect love.</p> <p>Sounds too good to be true? It isn't.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <span class="field__label">Tags</span> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/156" hreflang="en">politics</a></li> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/58" hreflang="en">Lent</a></li> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/43" hreflang="en">civil government</a></li> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/44" hreflang="en">spiritual government</a></li> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/36" hreflang="en">two governments</a></li> </ul> </div><div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/13" hreflang="en">Church</a></li> </ul> </div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=105&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="X9yYA0tJrM5M9yEi2uNHK_kfx3U390M5r-ILIJ4vbJs"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 05 Mar 2020 04:48:45 +0000 Michael Schutz 105 at http://theresonant.org The Original Sin http://theresonant.org/post/2020-03-03/the-original-sin <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">The Original Sin</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/89" lang="" about="/user/89" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Michael Schutz</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 03/03/2020 - 21:28</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-mt-subheader-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>All people live with original sin; that is, we are sinful in our very nature. From the time of conception, we are sinful people. Original sin comes to us because of&nbsp;<em>the</em>&nbsp;original sin. But that isn't what many people think it is.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/40Days___Day06.jpg?itok=F-xaPnf4 325w, /sites/default/files/styles/max_650x650/public/40Days___Day06.jpg?itok=JG4FunDI 650w, /sites/default/files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/40Days___Day06.jpg?itok=72wl-M3z 1300w, /sites/default/files/styles/max_2600x2600/public/40Days___Day06.jpg?itok=lyxYRwsI 1920w" sizes="(min-width: 1290px) 1290px, 100vw" src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/40Days___Day06.jpg?itok=F-xaPnf4" alt="40 Days of Resonance :: Day 6" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>On&nbsp;Tuesdays, <a href="https://concordialive.ca">our church</a> sends out an email newsletter. Each week I write a short summary of the past Sunday's theme and message. This past Sunday was the First Sunday in Lent, and we read three passages of Scripture: Genesis 3:1-21, Romans 5:12-19, and Matthew 4:1-11. While it's entirely too short (isn't everything?), here's what I shared with the congregation I serve in today's newsletter.</p> <blockquote> <p>The original sin in the world wasn't that Eve ate the fruit after being deceived by the serpent in the garden of Eden. The original sin was putting a voice other than God's voice above His, letting Satan's word - which was twisting God's own - take authority over God's. Adam - who was supposed to lead himself and Eve in the way of God -&nbsp;stood by and took what Eve offered.<br /> <br /> Adam should have stepped in to say, "no, God told us not to eat this", but he didn't. And as result of that, he and Eve rebelled against God and His word, and thus brought sin into the world. Now, we all have "original sin", which is that we are sinful by nature - not just from the time of birth, but even from the time of conception we are sinful people.<br /> <br /> But Jesus stood against the lies and twists that Satan put on&nbsp;God's own word. Where Adam&nbsp;and Eve failed, where ancient Israel failed, Jesus succeeded. He stood on the written Word of God - what we know as the Old Testament - in refuting the attacks of the devil. And the Good News for us is that Jesus stood in our place. Where we fail, He wins the victory and gives it to us. Where we succumb to temptation, He stands strong, and gives us the Holy Spirit to create and sustain faith in us.<br /> <br /> In the midst of this season of reflection on the sufferings of Jesus, we also remember that Jesus suffered&nbsp;<em>for us</em>. We remember that Jesus lived a perfect life&nbsp;<em>for us</em>. We remember that He died&nbsp;<em>for us</em>. We remember that He was raised from the dead&nbsp;<em>for us</em>. All Jesus did, He did&nbsp;<em>for us</em>. He dealt with original sin - and all other sin - on the cross. For us.</p> </blockquote> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <span class="field__label">Tags</span> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/58" hreflang="en">Lent</a></li> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/155" hreflang="en">Original Sin</a></li> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/152" hreflang="en">temptation</a></li> </ul> </div><div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/13" hreflang="en">Church</a></li> </ul> </div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=104&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="IYtA5gh2wvnUbKaZFuRzDcAfI_Z3RCb2Q_umKfHweSk"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Wed, 04 Mar 2020 05:28:09 +0000 Michael Schutz 104 at http://theresonant.org What You Have to Go Through http://theresonant.org/post/2020-02-29/what-you-have-to-go-through <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">What You Have to Go Through</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/89" lang="" about="/user/89" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Michael Schutz</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Sat, 02/29/2020 - 18:32</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-mt-subheader-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>As&nbsp;much as we would like to think the opposite, life will not be easy. One huge temptation for Christians is to seek to avoid suffering. But sometimes, there are things you have to go through.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/40Days___Day04.jpg?itok=mmrG7tJh 325w, /sites/default/files/styles/max_650x650/public/40Days___Day04.jpg?itok=zOt8q9O4 650w, /sites/default/files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/40Days___Day04.jpg?itok=MB7ujkfn 1300w, /sites/default/files/styles/max_2600x2600/public/40Days___Day04.jpg?itok=pDgwA6Lq 1920w" sizes="(min-width: 1290px) 1290px, 100vw" src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/40Days___Day04.jpg?itok=mmrG7tJh" alt="40 Days of Resonance: Day 4" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Yesterday I shared some words from a pastor who wrote a poetic reflection on what Lent is. The last thought was this:</p> <blockquote> <p>Lent is<br /> Not a very happy time,<br /> But it is what<br /> You have to go through<br /> To get to Easter.</p> </blockquote> <p>Part of life is experiencing not very happy times. It’s simply a reality. But we’ve turned happiness into something more than emotion that we feel sometimes. We‘ve turned happiness into something more like a fundamental human right, and even a virtue. Pop culture has elevated even into a virtue like truth.&nbsp;(Pharell sings a very catchy, but very untrue, line when he says “clap along if you feel that happiness is the truth”. No offence, Pharell, but no one should be clapping along to that line.)</p> <p>So now, happiness is seen as the highest goal in life. How many times have you heard lines like, “I just want her to be happy”, or “As long as he’s happy, I’m happy”, or even, “God just wants you to be happy”.&nbsp;Anything that infringes on a person’s happiness is seen not just as unfortunate, but as evil.</p> <p>But happiness isn’t a fundamental human right; it’s an emotion. There are many things in life that do bring happiness, yes, but just because something brings happiness doesn’t make that thing&nbsp;<em>good.</em>&nbsp;We certainly don’t want to pursue unhappiness. But we can’t make happiness the measure of a good life, or even of goodness itself.</p> <p>As&nbsp;the poet says above, Lent isn’t a very happy time. Christians reflect on their own mortality, on their sin, on the suffering of Jesus for them. These aren’t happy things, but that last thing especially is a&nbsp;<em>good</em>&nbsp;thing. The suffering wasn’t good, but that jesus did it for you is good for you, because it means your salvation. The happiness of Easter can’t happen without the suffering and death of Jesus. It’s what He had to go through.</p> <p>And so we have to go through things that are unhappy. Some will seek to avoid suffering at all cost, even making a lack of suffering the measure of God’s love for them. So they’ll say things like, “you’re a favoured child of God”, which is true. But what they’ll mean by&nbsp;<em>favoured</em>&nbsp;is really that life will be full of things that make you happy: getting that promotion at work, getting bumped up to first class when flying, being healed of any and all diseases. (I’m not just making these examples up.) So what they really mean is, if you’re “favoured” by God, then life will be easy. There’s a phrase that describes this kind of thinking: a theology of glory.</p> <p>A theology of glory sounds good on the surface, but it has some real problems (because not being based in the Bible’s teachings, at all).&nbsp;What can this theology say when suffering inevitably comes? What happens when you lose your job, or you miss your flight, or someone you love gets cancer and dies? What does that mean? If happiness is the sign that God favours you, what does it mean in the unhappy times? A theology of glory has no...happy...answer to that, because it doesn’t want to acknowledge the logical answer: that if the sign of God’s favour in your life is a life of ease, then hardship must mean you are not favoured of God, that you don’t have enough faith, that there must be some sin in your life that’s preventing you from experiencing these “blessings”. A theology of glory seeks not only to avoid suffering, and to make a lack of suffering the sign of God’s favour, but it blames you when suffering comes into your life.</p> <p>And here’s the thing: suffering&nbsp;<em>will</em>&nbsp;come into your life. If never a matter of&nbsp;<em>if</em>, but of <i>when</i>. And a theology of glory, being bad theology, won’t get you through those times. But there’s another way.</p> <p>Living life under&nbsp;a “theology of the cross” is the answer. A theology of the cross acknowledges that there will be suffering in life. It acknowledges that Jesus had to suffer and die&nbsp;for the sins of the world. It acknowledges, with Scripture, that the sign of God’s love for you is Jesus, crucified and risen, for you. Period. The way to salvation goes through the cross. There’s no other way.</p> <p>That doesn’t mean that Christians seek out suffering, that they’re masochists. Not at all. It simply means they acknowledge the reality of the world: it’s broken by sin. They acknowledge the reality of their own lives: they’re sinful. They acknowledge the reality of the teaching of the Bible: Jesus says, “in this world you will have trouble...” (John 16:33).</p> <p>But it also acknowledges Jesus’&nbsp;promise: “...but take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Lent is something you have to go through to get to Easter. Suffering is something we have to go through. But it’s neither the goal nor the end of the story. It’s something you have to go&nbsp;<em>through</em>; on the other side of the darkness, there is&nbsp;light and life.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <span class="field__label">Tags</span> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/58" hreflang="en">Lent</a></li> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/59" hreflang="en">Easter</a></li> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/148" hreflang="en">Theology of the Cross</a></li> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/150" hreflang="en">Theology of Glory</a></li> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/151" hreflang="en">suffering</a></li> </ul> </div><div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/13" hreflang="en">Church</a></li> </ul> </div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=102&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="F9wTP5enL8AmVIRvOmgO7TVSiZzXEZgCZECe7Mia3jg"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Sun, 01 Mar 2020 02:32:00 +0000 Michael Schutz 102 at http://theresonant.org Lent is... http://theresonant.org/post/2020-02-28/lent-is <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Lent is...</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/89" lang="" about="/user/89" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Michael Schutz</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 02/28/2020 - 12:19</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-mt-subheader-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Sometimes, it's better to use fewer words to reflect on something important.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/40Days___Day03.jpg?itok=x7TSIFoy 325w, /sites/default/files/styles/max_650x650/public/40Days___Day03.jpg?itok=AzPBh8RK 650w, /sites/default/files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/40Days___Day03.jpg?itok=HbvGo8q_ 1300w, /sites/default/files/styles/max_2600x2600/public/40Days___Day03.jpg?itok=drjoZpsc 1920w" sizes="(min-width: 1290px) 1290px, 100vw" src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/40Days___Day03.jpg?itok=x7TSIFoy" alt="40 Days of Resonance: Day 3" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>I ran across <a href="http://www.youthesource.com/2009/12/04/lent-spring-cleaning-for-the-soul/?fbclid=IwAR3WZCaHoTDzM9657xFFb5vJHPAO7_cmyVP9U91kNM3rC3Wnt_3Zj3d9eXg">an article</a> a couple days ago that had some good reflections on Lent. It's worth reading in its own right, but what really&nbsp;stuck with me were these words:</p> <blockquote> <p><strong>The Second Season ::&nbsp;Rev. Wayne Saffron</strong></p> <p>Lent is<br /> Forty days till Easter,<br /> Not counting Sundays.</p> <p>Lent is actually<br /> Six and a half weeks<br /> Of very violet repentance<br /> And very purple passion.</p> <p>Lent is<br /> Watching a man go to his death<br /> And not being able to stop it.</p> <p>Lent is<br /> Helping send him<br /> To the cross.</p> <p>Lent is<br /> Knowing this<br /> And letting it sink in.</p> <p>Lent is<br /> Not getting off<br /> The hook.</p> <p>Lent is<br /> Taking sin seriously,<br /> Taking life seriously,<br /> Taking death seriously,<br /> Taking everything<br /> More seriously<br /> Than usual.</p> <p>Lent is,<br /> Among other things,<br /> Having to wait for Spring.</p> <p>Lent is<br /> Six more weeks<br /> Of shivering<br /> In the cold.</p> <p>Lent is<br /> Not a very happy time,<br /> But it is what<br /> You have to go through<br /> To get to Easter.</p> </blockquote> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <span class="field__label">Tags</span> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/58" hreflang="en">Lent</a></li> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/145" hreflang="en">40 Days of Resonance</a></li> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/149" hreflang="en">poetry</a></li> </ul> </div><div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/13" hreflang="en">Church</a></li> </ul> </div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=101&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="6QbhZvmuztz5eyBEvbf12HQemOhvyC203Xrq2eHf-g8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 28 Feb 2020 20:19:00 +0000 Michael Schutz 101 at http://theresonant.org 40 Days of Going Without http://theresonant.org/post/2020-02-27/40-days-of-going-without <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">40 Days of Going Without</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/89" lang="" about="/user/89" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Michael Schutz</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Thu, 02/27/2020 - 13:54</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-mt-subheader-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The story of Lent is really all about Jesus. Yes, we think of "giving something up", but it's not really about that. What did He give up?</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/40Days___Day02.jpg?itok=ydU5-9PU 325w, /sites/default/files/styles/max_650x650/public/40Days___Day02.jpg?itok=ePfM8yqn 650w, /sites/default/files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/40Days___Day02.jpg?itok=l8MbLCQP 1300w, /sites/default/files/styles/max_2600x2600/public/40Days___Day02.jpg?itok=-8032oVB 1920w" sizes="(min-width: 1290px) 1290px, 100vw" src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/40Days___Day02.jpg?itok=ydU5-9PU" alt="40 Days of Resonance: Day 2" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>We're often tempted to make everything about us. (Or is that just me?) There are so many times in our lives when we think things are about us, but they're really not. Maybe you had an interaction&nbsp;recently where someone responded in a way that you thought was odd. Chances are pretty good that they were dealing with or thinking about something in their own lives, and they reacted oddly to you, but they&nbsp;didn't think you were odd. It just really wasn't about you.&nbsp;We tend towards over-personalizing&nbsp;those kinds of things, because we're fundamentally self-centred (or is that just me?). If anything, that's really our default position.</p> <p>People can do the same thing with the Bible and with Christianity. You can be tempted to think it's ultimately all about you. It's not at all wrong to say that Christianity&nbsp;<em>impacts</em>&nbsp;you, that it's&nbsp;<i>relevant&nbsp;</i>to you, that it&nbsp;<em>involves</em>&nbsp;you. It absolutely does. But the Bible isn't ultimately about you. It's ultimately about Jesus, and about what He said, what He did, and most of all, what He did&nbsp;<em>for you</em>. It's ultimately about Him.</p> <p>The same is true when it comes to the "church year". The church year is a way of telling the story of&nbsp;Jesus every year. Days and seasons like Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, and Pentecost tell us about Jesus more than about anything else. As a part of the church year, Lent comes behind Christmas and Easter in popular perception. Some people are aware of it outside the church (but even within the church, it's not as widely known as you might think),&nbsp;and if so, it's generally thought of as, "a time when you are supposed to give something up to be a better person".&nbsp;</p> <p>Except it's not that. Not at all. Giving something up during Lent is fine, but it's not something you're supposed to do. It's up to you if you want to do that or not. And if you do, it's not&nbsp;to become a better person. Lent isn't a self-improvement project. And&nbsp;especially in this&nbsp;age of social media, if you do give something up, you completely miss the point if you're telling everyone about how much you're giving up. (Jesus in fact says the exact opposite - when you fast, pray, and do good works, if you're doing it just to get praised by other people, you're in a dangerous spot. In fact, it's often better if no one knows&nbsp;when you do those things. Read about this in Matthew 6:1-6 and Matthew 6:16-21).</p> <p>So if Lent isn't really about us going without, what it is about? For those who read the first couple of paragraphs of this post, the answer should be pretty obvious: it's about Jesus. If we are to give something up, the best possible way to do that has two&nbsp;parts: 1. don't tell anyone about it; the point isn't to show how good you're trying to be (in other words, don't make it all about you), and 2. fill the space (time, money, whatever) that's created by giving that thing up to reflect more deeply on what Jesus gave up for you. Do&nbsp;this with Bible readings, prayer, devotions, going to church, serving others; with things that allow you to reflect on the love of God for you and in turn be able to reflect that love to others.</p> <p>The whole reason Lent exists is to more deeply consider the suffering of Jesus on our behalf. The 40-day season comes from the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness going without. He went without food, drink, companionship. He went without any earthly comforts at all. And in the midst of that, He was tempted by the devil to shortcut HIs mission. Without any earthly comfort to cling to, what did Jesus have? The Word of God. He answered every temptation of the devil by standing on the written Word of God. "It is written..." was Jesus' refrain, and He took His stand on that Word to defeat the temptations of the evil one, succeeding where Adam and Eve failed and where ancient Israel failed.</p> <p>He did this for you and me. He succeeded where we fail, and He gives us His victory. Jesus gave up the riches of heaven for you and me and ultimately gave up His life &nbsp;(Philippians 2:5-11)&nbsp;so that He could free us from something we could never get free from on our own. Jesus gave up everything for us, and because of that, we have everything.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <span class="field__label">Tags</span> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/58" hreflang="en">Lent</a></li> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/145" hreflang="en">40 Days of Resonance</a></li> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/31" hreflang="en">church year</a></li> </ul> </div><div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/13" hreflang="en">Church</a></li> </ul> </div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=100&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="js1OXzAhu0LgUEfe-P8TE3ikEcH4X4UZUHyZdtad028"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 27 Feb 2020 21:54:08 +0000 Michael Schutz 100 at http://theresonant.org Ash Wednesday: Dust We Are http://theresonant.org/post/2020-02-26/ash-wednesday-dust-we-are <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Ash Wednesday: Dust We Are</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/89" lang="" about="/user/89" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Michael Schutz</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 02/26/2020 - 10:12</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-mt-subheader-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>Our culture doesn't like to think about death. If Ash Wednesday is a reminder that "dust you are and to dust you will return", isn't that morbid? Not at all. Faithfulness to God's Word means that we need to accept the reality of sin and death, and also the love of God for us in Jesus.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/40Days___Day01.jpg?itok=sNHTvbjk 325w, /sites/default/files/styles/max_650x650/public/40Days___Day01.jpg?itok=kHSCs8Pa 650w, /sites/default/files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/40Days___Day01.jpg?itok=tE0D3KDc 1300w, /sites/default/files/styles/max_2600x2600/public/40Days___Day01.jpg?itok=MvWYYuhU 1920w" sizes="(min-width: 1290px) 1290px, 100vw" src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/40Days___Day01.jpg?itok=sNHTvbjk" alt="40 Days of Resonance: Day 1" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The season of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. In ancient times, people would physically show their repentance by sitting in sackcloth—a rough, burlap-like fabric—and ashes. It was a way to demonstrate to others that you were really sorry for a wrongdoing of some kind.</p> <p>Living in the world we do today, this is a bit of a foreign concept. If we do anything to show repentance, it should be&nbsp;doing something to make up for what we've done. Doing something like sackcloth and ashes seems so...out of touch. And, it's not really "doing" anything, is it? And, ashes have to do with burning and death. That's morbid. And, since 2018's release of Avengers: Infinity War (SPOILER ALERT), ashes and dust in our culture&nbsp;have become more associated with Thanos' snap of a finger (BIGGER SPOILER ALERT), which can be undone,&nbsp;than with anything remotely spiritual or Biblical.</p> <p>Why would anyone want to think about death? Isn't it morbid to focus on it? Shouldn't we just enjoy each day for what it is, and put off any thought of what might come later on? Why would we want to spend any time at all reflecting on our own mortality? That's depressing.</p> <p>For Christians, death isn't a fascination; it's a terrible tragedy. It's the direct result of sin (Romans 5:12). And, it's a reality. Part of being faithful to God's Word is to accept the reality of things, whether they're pleasant to think about or not. As&nbsp;part of a good <em>theology of the cross</em>&nbsp;(more on that later in these days), we have to call a thing what it actually is; we can't ignore the reality of our world, including our mortality.</p> <p>So Ash Wednesday is a day when Christians around the world accept the reality of their sin. They accept the reality—however painful it is—that death is something that all people will experience (except for those who are still alive when Jesus returns). And they accept the reality that death is a direct result of sin.</p> <p>Yet that's not all there is to Ash Wednesday. Like so much in the Christian Church, it's not ultimately about us and what we do. Today many Christians will receive from their pastor the sign of the cross on their forehead with ash and oil. This signifies two things: 1. their repentance for their sin, and 2. that they have been marked as ones redeemed by Christ crucified (Romans 5:8-11, Romans 5:15-21). That second bit is super&nbsp;important, because we're not just thinking about our own mortality on this day; we're thinking about how the death of Jesus Christ for sinners put an end to the curse of death forever for us&nbsp;(Galatians 2:19-20).</p> <p>So yes, as a result of sin, we are dust, and to dust we shall return (Genesis 3:19). But that's not the end of the story. There is so much more! While we wait in repentant faith, we look expectantly for that life that is still to come (John 11:17-27).&nbsp;Dust we are, and to dust we will return, yes. But there is resurrection and new life in Jesus Christ.&nbsp;Both of those are what Ash Wednesday is really all about.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <span class="field__label">Tags</span> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/58" hreflang="en">Lent</a></li> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/145" hreflang="en">40 Days of Resonance</a></li> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/146" hreflang="en">Ash Wednesday</a></li> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/147" hreflang="en">Repentance</a></li> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/148" hreflang="en">Theology of the Cross</a></li> </ul> </div><div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/13" hreflang="en">Church</a></li> </ul> </div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=99&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="ckwpeAMdlIinC--7gtztwJF3HltnZiNYcGwYBYkfOVc"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Wed, 26 Feb 2020 18:12:59 +0000 Michael Schutz 99 at http://theresonant.org 40 Days of Resonance http://theresonant.org/post/2020-02-25/40-days-of-resonance <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">40 Days of Resonance</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><a title="View user profile." href="/user/89" lang="" about="/user/89" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" class="username">Michael Schutz</a></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 02/25/2020 - 16:48</span> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-mt-subheader-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>The season of Lent is 40 days before Easter. As an exercise in writing and discipline, you'll see new posts each day in Lent. Think of it as "giving something up for Lent", but in reverse. What I'm giving up is not writing.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="images-container clearfix"> <div class="image-preview clearfix"> <div class="image-wrapper clearfix"> <div class="field__item"> <img srcset="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/40Days___Day00Title.jpg?itok=EXUtdWvw 325w, /sites/default/files/styles/max_650x650/public/40Days___Day00Title.jpg?itok=7YCpCJ9E 650w, /sites/default/files/styles/max_1300x1300/public/40Days___Day00Title.jpg?itok=HKs7pCtX 1300w, /sites/default/files/styles/max_2600x2600/public/40Days___Day00Title.jpg?itok=0tfjxt9s 1920w" sizes="(min-width: 1290px) 1290px, 100vw" src="/sites/default/files/styles/max_325x325/public/40Days___Day00Title.jpg?itok=EXUtdWvw" alt="40 Days of Resonance Title" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>As a "side" project, TheResonant suffers from being to the side of many other areas of life: my pastoral call, family, and other volunteer projects. When something has to give, this is one of the first things. But that's no way to build momentum and a worthwhile project. So I'm embarking on a new project for the season of Lent this year: a sort of reverse idea of "giving something up". I've never been a fan of that, since it morphs all too easily from "an intention to exercise discipline for the sake of remembering the suffering of Jesus on my behalf" to "look at how much I'm suffering by choosing not to consume this arbitrary thing". So I've never really given anything up for Lent (and if I chose to, I certainly wouldn't have told you).</p> <p>I've decided that this year, though, I do need to give something up, and I do need to tell you. I need to give up not writing for TheResonant. And I need to tell you about it because the whole point of this site&nbsp;is to offer pieces that (I pray) will resonant with people. I haven't been doing that effectively because I haven't really been writing for this all that much. It's too sporadic, and too easily not done. So I'm giving up not writing. It's sort of a reverse Lent project, because in plain language it's more about adding something than giving something up. The "giving something up" part is just to wrangle the commonly-expected language of Lent into this; to give up a negative is a sort of double negative that would be better expressed simply as, "I'm adding this".</p> <p>Thus I'm inviting you to join me for "40 Days of Resonance". Posts are coming every day of Lent. Some may be deep (or at least so I may think), some may be quick; I pray that, no matter their length, they&nbsp;will resonate with you. And I pray that this exercise in writing and discipline will bear fruit both for me and you.</p> <p>If you're wondering about Lent, it's a season of the church year which happens every year just before Easter. It's a season of 40 days that has a theme of repentance and meditation on the suffering of Jesus for us sinners. It's 40 days long because Jesus was in the wilderness 40 days before being tempted by the devil right after He was baptized (Matthew 4:1-11). It starts on Ash Wednesday and ends the Saturday before Easter Sunday, sometimes called Holy Saturday. However, if you count the days on a calendar, you'll find that from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday is 46 days. So why 40 days? The Sundays within the season aren't actually part of the season; every Sunday is a mini-Easter, so we don't count them as included in the season of Lent.</p> <p>So, being the pastor that I am, I'll use the official count of the days of Lent as the posting plan; that's a resonant idea if I've ever had one. You can expect new posts each day of Lent, which won't include the Sundays. If you have questions, comments, or something else that may spur on a post or six, please feel free to comment below or use the "Ask Away" link at the top of the page.</p> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <span class="field__label">Tags</span> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/58" hreflang="en">Lent</a></li> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/145" hreflang="en">40 Days of Resonance</a></li> </ul> </div><div class="field field--name-field-mt-post-categories field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--entity-reference-target-type-taxonomy-term clearfix"> <ul class='links field__items'> <li><a href="/taxonomy/term/13" hreflang="en">Church</a></li> </ul> </div><section class="field field--name-comment field--type-comment field--label-above comment-wrapper"> <h2 class="title comment-form__title">Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=98&amp;2=comment&amp;3=comment" token="GuzD-p87H_iMGzhXSG-7GsvLKPVAbPv4TFIYyf7wmGQ"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Wed, 26 Feb 2020 00:48:08 +0000 Michael Schutz 98 at http://theresonant.org