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From Christianity Today/Fleming Rutledge: Why Being ‘Spiritual’ Is Never Enough

In today’s context, it is more crucial than ever to make a sufficiently sharp distinction between self-justification and self-sanctification on the one hand, and on the other, the utterly gratuitous, prevenient action of God in justifying humanity through his Son. The answer to our problem, then, is both simple and difficult: We need substantive, biblical preaching that drives home our need for justification through Christ.

From NBC: How to use the ritual of Lent to reevaluate your life, even if you're a non-believer

(From NBCnews.com - Stephanie Thurrott ) Even if you’re not Christian, you’ve probably at least heard of Lent — the 40 (really 46, since Sundays don’t count) days between Ash Wednesday and Easter. But what is Lent really about?

It’s about introspection. “Lent is a time of putting aside what we normally do to reevaluate our lives. It’s a time to ask, ‘Am I really being the person I intend to be?’” says Father Mark Morozowich, dean of the school of theology and religious studies at the Catholic University of America in Washington DC.

From Glennon Doyle: Church May Reject You - God Celebrates You

Being rejected by church is not the same as being rejected by God.
God is not church.
God is not religion.
The gatekeepers of institutions are not God.
(But they are often desperate defenders of their own relevance.)
God loves you more than any institution God created for you: This means God loves you more than the toxic denomination in which you find yourself or the abusive marriage in which you find yourself.