Someone asked me today if I was celebrating Lent. Lent is a funny thing for some evangelicals, although not for two evangelical Anglican friends I met with the other day. This 2006 post from Confessing Evangelical captures some of the reservations evangelicals have had with Lent, and lands in a good place:
Ash Wednesday and Lent are matters of “evangelical freedom”, but they “serve the edification of believers”, not least since they provide a particular opportunity to focus our minds on “the forgiveness of sins for the sake of Christ’s atonement”, the heart of our evangelical faith.
So tomorrow I’ll be going to St. Paul’s, an evangelical Anglican church in downtown Toronto, for the noon Ash Wednesday service. I’m also taking a few other steps to make more time to focus on Lenten themes:
- I’ve temporarily reduced the blogs I follow from over 100 to about 25.
- I’m giving up email in the mornings. I may try to get to once a day.
I’ll let you know how it goes.