What I am giving up for post-Lent

I gave up coffee for Lent and alcohol during Holy Week.

In addition, I read through the gospels during Lent and made an effort to reflect during my quiet times on how I can live more missionally.

Now, Lent is over.  Coffee is in my mug and I’ve enjoyed a beer or two since and I am reflecting on these fasts. 

 Never will I forget the pastor who gave up cursing for Lent.  If you know me, this is one of my favorite stories.  I remember him yelling at me for something trivial and cursing in the heat of the moment.  As he was calming down, he got reagitated and yelled at me for upsetting him to the point that made him break his Lenten vow (which had been broken several times by then).  I being, frustrated and now confused, retorted by stating that I didn’t understand the purpose of his vow in the first place.  What did it mean? Was he going to drop the F-bomb on Easter Sunday.  Imagine him saying at the Easter Service, “The Lord Has Risen!  F — yeah!”

Then there are the vows that give up something they don’t really love.  The idea is to sacrifice something important to you.  So it’s in that spirit, that I have compiled a list of things that I am going to give up post-Lent. 

I will continue to not watch the 700 Club.

I will continue to not watch American Idol. 

I will roll my eyes every time I hear the names Joel Osteen, Benny Hinn, Joyce Meyer, and John Hagee.

I will suppress my gag-reflex when I hear the name Pat Robertson. 


  1. Dude, I wrote my paper with Joyce Meyer as a leader! I like your blog. Keep up the good work, and way to be honest (beer, f-words, etc.)!

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