Lent: A Little Clarification

I’m not sure where the rumor started that Lenten celebrators view salvation as somehow contingent on fasting, but the rumor has popular support among many of my Protestant friends. A coffee shop barista just informed me (literally 10 minutes ago) that he is free from guilt and doesn’t need to fast (he was a little…

Orthodoxy and Repentance

There is a popular way of thinking about repentance for many Christians today which relegates repentance to a single, specific occurrence in the believer’s life: that of salvation. This idea is often tethered to the concept of salvation as a one-time event in which a person repents of his or her sin, “accepts Jesus as…