Any good football coach will tell you that champions are made during the off season — fourth quarter class and spring practice. To a large extent Lent is the spring practice for all of us who want to develop a spiritual discipline that will carry us through the year. Whatever happened last year — a…

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That’s right tomorrow is Shrove Tuesday followed by Ash Wednesday. The Hubbell Pew began as a Lenten discipline to do something positive during Lent because I found it impossible to abstain from Oatmeal Raisin Cookies for the whole 45 days of Lent. That’s right Lent is not forty days long. Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday is actually…

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I’ve been a fan of Stephen L. Carter, Yale Professor, author, columnist, for a long time. Out of pure luck his column titled Depressed by politics? Put down the phone.  was in today’s Charlotte Observer. If you want to read the whole column just click on the link and I will probably discuss the politics part in…

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(Jesus) set his face to go to Jerusalem — Luke 9:51 The term “set his face” is interesting and intentional. It reminds me of my old football coach, Mervin Johnson, who used to come on the team bus and holler, “put your game face on.” He meant no more smiles, no more jokes, or horseplay. “Put…

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