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lent: Intro - 40 Day Reading Plan with the Fathers

Posted by Luke J. Wilson on 1st March 2017 in lent | lent,great lent,fasting,early church fathers,devotional,daily reading
This year for lent I'm following a reading plan which comprises of a collection of extracts from various early church fathers writings. Each day I'm going to write a short overview and any thoughts on the text and link back to the source material so you can also follow along with me too, if you'd like. The overview of each day will probably be posted on the day after. The reading should only take 10-15 minutes of your time, and by day 40, you will have read ten different Fathers: Didache, Diognetus, Polycarp, Ignatius, Justin Martyr, Cyprian, Athanasius, Cyril of Jerusalem, Ambrose of Milan, and Leo the great. I'll be reading from the “Church Fathers lenten...
 

great lent

Posted by Luke J. Wilson on 13th February 2016 in Fasting | lent,Easter,Fasting,Prayer,early church,early church fathers,paganism,pagan roots
Fasting A spiritual and physical discipline   Update 2018: I recently published a book called 40 Days with the Fathers, which is a daily reading plan and an introduction to the Early Church Fathers that is spread across forty days, originally written as a lenten reading plan. You can get a copy by clicking here. lent 2016: lent is upon us once again! Even though we are already four days into the fast (according to Western tradition) I thought it’d be good to write something on the discipline of fasting. And, much like any major holiday, there is the usual arguments and accusations about how it's all just pagan festivities with a "Christian mask". Eas...
 

Is fasting an expectation for Christians?

Posted by Luke J. Wilson on 29th February 2020 in Fasting | fasting,lent,Ash Wednesday,self control,self denial
The season of lent is here once again which of course brings up the topic of fasting, since the tradition of lent comes from following Jesus’ example of his time in the wilderness (Luke 4:1–2). I wasn’t planning on writing anything specific this year like I have previous in previous years, but I felt inspired today at church from one of Gospel readings: Matthew 9:14–15 Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but your disciples do not fast?” And Jesus said to them, “The wedding guests cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? The days will come when the bridegroom is t...
 

lent Day 39: Leo the great: Sermon XLIX (On lent XI)

Posted by Luke J. Wilson on 14th April 2017 in lent | lent,great lent,fasting,early church fathers,devotional,daily reading,Doctor of the Church,lectures,Leo the great,St Leo,Pope Leo I,sermon,almsgiving
Day Thirty-nine: St. Leo the great: Sermon XLIX (On lent XI) Who: Leo the great, also known as Pope St. Leo I (the great), was Pope from 440-61 AD. Place and date of birth unknown; died 10 November, 461. Leo's pontificate, next to that of St. Gregory I, is the most significant and important in Christian antiquity, as he tried to  combat the heresies which seriously threatened church unity even in the West, such as Pelagianism. What: A sermon on the season of lent as the Easter festival approached. Why: To encourage the Church to fast during this season in order than they may put away temptations and overcome their vices, to be guided by God in all things. W...
 

lent 2018: The Temptations of Jesus

Posted by Luke J. Wilson on 13th February 2018 in lent | lent,series,Temptation,Sacrifice,passover lamb,paschal lamb
lent is just around the corner, and so this year I've decided to write a short series over the next 40 days looking at the forty days that Jesus spent in the wilderness, and the temptations he faced. I'll post a new blog each Sunday of lent looking at each temptation, and then finish the series just before Easter Sunday looking at “how was Jesus a sacrifice?”. Series outline: Temptation one: Pride (1st Sunday of lent, February 18, 2018) Temptation two: Worship and Glory (2nd Sunday of lent, February 25, 2018) Temptation three: Testing God (3rd Sunday of lent, March 4, 2018) Temptation four: Complacency (4th Sunday of lent, March 11, 2018) Topical: W...
 

Fasting: A spiritual and physical discipline

Posted by Luke J. Wilson on 27th May 2019 in Fasting | fasting,didache,discipline,self control,lent,early church,early church fathers
The topic of fasting often comes up in online discussion groups that I'm a part of, more often in Protestant circles where the practice is more often sidelined in low churches. So let's take a look at the practice of fasting from a practical and historical view, as it seems to be a spiritual discipline which has been pushed aside in many churches today, with prayer, worship and bible reading taking more precedence in a Christian's life instead (not that those are bad things to do!). Why fast? There are many reasons to fast, and recent studies have shown a lot of health benefits that can be derived from fasting. But on the spiritual side of life, there are also...
 
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