It’s the last Sunday before Lent. (Yes, I know it’s Valentine’s Day and I haven’t forgotten my lovely wife, but that’s not what I’m writing about here.) I thought I’d recommend a couple of Lent resources.
First off, a collaboration that would have been unthinkable some years ago. The Methodist Relief and Development Fund and the Evangelical Alliance have combined to provide Bible study notes and weekly videos. You can download notes for ‘What does the Bible say about power?‘ from the MRDF site; videos will be posted weekly from the 17th at the EA site. The EA are using this to link social justice with the Biblefresh initiative. Years ago, official Methodism wouldn’t even have talked with the EA; what a wonderful sign of changed moods.
Secondly, just to say that Tom Wright‘s new book is out. ‘Virtue Reborn‘ addresses issues of Christian character and behaviour – a good theme for Lent.
What are you doing for Lent?
Our Churches Together group have decided that we should all see the DVD ‘Chocolat’ and read the book before we meet for our 5 weeks study/fellowship. As I’ve not done either yet, I’m not quite sure what we will encounter. I was a bit disappointed that we weren’t going to follow the MRDF course, so I’m telling housegroup leaders that it might be a good course for them to study later.
I watched Chocolat a few years ago and then participated in a Lent group based on it. I found it a positive experience. I hope you do, too.
I’m now about 100 or so pages through the Tom Wright book, BTW.