Sunday’s Palms are Wednesday’s Ashes

Each year, I set aside some of the palm branches which we use on Palm Sunday to celebrate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalsem. Over the months they lose some of their color and they completely dry. Then some days before the beginning of the season of Lent, I burn them. While the ashes are still warm, I use a mortar and pestle to finely grind them to be used for Ash Wednesday.

Today was that day.

Sunday’s palms are Wednesday’s ashes…

2009 Ash Wednesday Sermon

I am preparing to preach the Ash Wednesday service tomorrow at Resurrection. I have been working to pull it together and it will get there, but it is not quite there yet. Would you pray for me today?

If you are in the Kansas City area, I invite you to worship with us for Ash Wednesday at 7:00 PM in the sanctuary on Resurrection’s Central Campus. I hope to see you tomorrow!

You can check out my sermon as I move toward completion at If you find it interesting or helpful, I invite you to leave a comment on this post and subscribe to my blog via RSS to hear more.

Listening Outside my Context

I have started to listen more frequently to sermon podcasts as both a spiritual practice and to experience different preaching styles. Here are a few that I have subscribed to thus far. (iTunes links)

You may decided to start listening to a sermon other than the one that you may hear in worship on the weekend as a spiritual practice for Lent. (Other ideas for Lent from Resurrection)

What other suggestions do you have for good preaching / teaching content? What excellent communicators do you listen to? What podcasts would you add to the list above? What about excellent Methodist podcasts?

Ash Wednesday

Today is Ash Wednesday – the beginning of the season of Lent. As we begin this season, I want to give you two invitations.

Worship at the Ash Wednesday service tonight at 7:00 PM. This service is a time of reflection, renewal and repentance.

Pray and read scripture each day in preparation for Lent using the Lent Devotional Guide. You may be able to pick up a copy after the Ash Wednesday service or you can subscribe online at this address –