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Yesterday, the season of Lent began with Ash Wednesday.  Lent is the 40-day season prior to Easter when Christians are encouraged to examine our lives and repent.  Repent simply means “to turn,” so during Lent we consider how we might turn away from that which separates us...

A Day in Santa Rosa

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Recently I had the opportunity to work in Santa Rosa for a day with the Salvation Army as part of their “Emotional and Spiritual Care Team.” I left my house before the sun rose to report at 7:00am to the Santa Rosa Salvation Army headquarters. There, I joined several other pastors...

To Fast or Not to Fast

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Every year during Lent, I seem to have a conversation with someone about fasting. Usually the conversation starts with a question. Am I supposed to fast during Lent? Why do people fast during Lent? Or something like that. I explain that though fasting is not necessarily a Presbyterian...