February 17, 2021
You’re going to hear today about Ash Wednesday drive thrus, self-serve take-away ashes available for carry-out, the sprinkling of ashes on the head instead of the imposition in the form of a cross on the forehead, or the use of a cotton-swab to avoid actual physical contact when ashes are imposed in the traditional way. You’re going to hear that a Roman Catholic Archbishop in San Antonio granted dispensation from fasting and abstinence because of the weather. You’re going to hear reductions of the solemn practice to “Ash-in-a-dash.”
Here’s the point, today is a day we use as a marker in time prior to the events of Holy Week and ultimately Easter. The season of Lent, the next 40 days, is designed to help Christians intentionally journey to Jerusalem with Jesus to the the Upper Room and Garden of Gethsemane and the arrest and the trials and the mockery and the Cross and the grave. In some ways it may be easier to adopt Lenten practices of solitude and fasting and prayer and scripture reading and reflection and confession. But it may also feel as if we’ve been in a Lenten season for an entire year. So, consider this: be honest with God and gentle with others and open the Word and fall to your knees and find a way to bow down and get real with God today.
Dan Darling – Senior Vice President of Communications for NRB & Author of “The Characters of Easter”
Dan joins us once again, but this time to discuss his book, “The Characters of Easter: The Villains, Heroes, Cowards, and Crooks Who Witnessed History’s Biggest Miracle” Through this book, Dan helps us become familiar with the variety of individuals who witnessed Jesus’ death and resurrection. As the title above states, it was a variety of people from all walks of life. For more information on Dan’s book and other work, check out his website here.
George Barna – Cultural Research Center and Arizona Christian University
George and Carmen think through the results of a post election survey that reports Americans have lessened their desire for socialism compared to the year 2018. Why might that be and what may be lost and gained if we were to shift from capitalism to socialism?