“I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice.”
Jesus calls out to his wandering people, we hear his voice and return to him. The Christian life is a life of repentance, a life of constantly responding to Jesus’ call and turning towards him.
This week we have a collection of resources teasing out what it means to repent: an article from Tim Keller and an incredible poem from Herbert exploring that feeling of confusion – and delight! – when Jesus calls us home even though we are guilty and shamed. There is also a catalogue of paintings of the Life and parables of Jesus from a Cameroon-based art project The Life of Jesus Mafa, in case you’d like to see what repentance looks like for a Mafa African.
But the overwhelming number of resources here are about that most profound story of repentance and welcome: the story of the prodigal in Luke 15. Find links below to art, a sermon from Justin Moffatt and even a concept album from the Oh Hellos retelling the story.
The day before Lent is traditionally known as Pancake Tuesday or Fat Tuesday: the day that houses would use up all the rich and fatty foods that would become contraband during a fast.
All around the world Pancake Tuesday is still observed by people who love pancakes. I’m yet to see people doing it as a way to honour Jesus. Do you have any ideas about how to do that? Leave a comment or tweet at us if you have a story or a suggestion about celebrating Pancake Tuesday as an act of worship.
In the past we’ve tried to use Pancake Tuesday as a way to open our house to meet neighbours or gather with friends. Pancakes are pretty easy to make if hospitality is a stressful thing for you, especially if you use our special sandwich press method! See the link below.
More seriously, the day before Lent is a pretty good day for setting up your devotional or bible reading plan for the season. Lent is traditionally a time for focused bible reading and prayer, and throughout history many Christians have taken the opportunity of Lent to read a section of the bible deeply and thoughtfully. We’ve collected some of our favourite bible reading guides and devotional literature here on the blog. If you have any other resources you’d recommend, please tweet them to us: @lentproject. We’d love to include them as well.