1. A truly Lenten mindset sees the season as preparatory for the resurrection life of Easter as opposed to the mortification of Good Friday.
  2. The number forty calls to remembrance narratives of God’s great acts of redemption, but also our conformity to and participation in those narratives.
  3. The driving impulse of Lent isn’t so much “giving up” things as it is “putting on” something.
  4. He was rooted in his own tradition but gracious with others when they wanted to learn about his faith or their own.
  5. A “good death” and “good life” are not accomplished through personal striving but are grasped by faith in the promises of God.
  6. Ever Heard of Candlemas?
  7. What’s the big deal about Jesus’ name?
  8. Your heavenly Father has not purchased you with gold or with silver but with the most valuable currency in the universe; the blood of God.
  9. I didn’t see Christmas as a gift given to me to enjoy, I saw Christmas as a long list of expectations I needed to hold up to love those around me.
  10. Can you imagine Christmas from creation’s point of view?
  11. Luke shows us that when we try to fit God into our life movie, the plot is all wrong; and not just wrong but trivial.