1. Regardless of background or beliefs, every American I talk to seems on edge, as if the sky were about to fall. But the sky is not falling.
  2. A truly Lenten mindset sees the season as preparatory for the resurrection life of Easter as opposed to the mortification of Good Friday.
  3. He declared you what you might not always feel you are, but what you were from the moment he knew you, before you were you, when he foreknew you.
  4. The number forty calls to remembrance narratives of God’s great acts of redemption, but also our conformity to and participation in those narratives.
  5. There is no AA for legalists. At least not officially. But there ought to be, and it should be called your local church.
  6. The driving impulse of Lent isn’t so much “giving up” things as it is “putting on” something.
  7. The more I got to know Dr. Rosenbladt, the more I saw that he wasn’t a man divided.
  8. He was rooted in his own tradition but gracious with others when they wanted to learn about his faith or their own.
  9. Anyone could tell he enjoyed teaching theology and loved his students.
  10. In a world—and even a church—full of distractions, thank God for Rod Rosenbladt. He pointed us to Jesus and Jesus alone.
  11. In normal human relationships, when reconciliation is necessary, we place the burden on the person who did wrong, who disrupted the relationship.
  12. A “good death” and “good life” are not accomplished through personal striving but are grasped by faith in the promises of God.