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2/20/13 at 03:19 PM 0 Comments

A Baptist Participates in Lent

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A week ago today Christians around the world celebrated Ash Wednesday - the beginning of the season of Lent. This religious tradition is not as prominent among evangelical Christians.

Pastor Alan Rudnick tells his story of observing lent and following liturgical practices at the Associated Baptist Press. Rudnick notes that marking the forehead with ashes dates back to the Old Testament times. Job mourned this way.

Rudnick also provides an explanation of how Baptists worship took a different direction than other denominations:

Since we Baptists do not have a book of worship or order, like other denominations, Baptists are free to worship as they feel led. This of course does not happen in a vacuum. I have always believed that Baptists must be led by scripture, reason, tradition, and experience (the Wesleyan Quadrilateral) with scripture being the final authority.

For further reading: A Baptist who celebrates Lent

Bonus trivia: According to preacher J.T. Moger, "In 1522, Protestant followers of the Zurich Reformer Ulrich Zwingli famously broke the Lenten fast by eating sausages as a symbol of their freedom in Christ."

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