Is the word “Easter” derived from the name of a pagan goddess? Is it appropriate to use that term to refer to the Resurrection day of Jesus Christ—and is the entire Lent season and Easter holiday tainted by association with ancient pagan religion? We’re asked these questions each year during Lent. We’ve asked Mel Lawrenz, […]
We’re nearly a week into the season of Lent. Did you commit to “give something up” during Lent? It’s a common practice during the Easter season, but it certainly be a challenge to give up a long-held habit or activity, whether the change is major (giving up a deeply-ingrained habit) or relatively minor (staying off […]
Lent is here! Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of the season of Lent, and around the world, millions of Christians are beginning a 40-day journey of reflection toward Easter. The Lenten season is focused on reflection and repentance—of acknowledgement of our sins in anticipation of the forgiveness that Easter represents. In this spirit, […]
Lent begins tomorrow, on Ash Wednesday. While there’s no biblical mandate to observe the Lenten season, many Christians choose to do so as a way of focusing on Jesus Christ during the journey to Easter. Will you join them this year? Share your Lent plans in the survey below. If you need some ideas for […]
Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, arrives next week. Have you thought about observing Lent this year? There’s no Scriptural requirement to observe Lent—ultimately, it’s just the six week lead-up to Easter Sunday in the church calendar—but many Christians find it helpful and inspirational to observe the Lent season in some way. Generally speaking, […]
Easter is coming! It’s hard to believe, but the season of Lent—the 40-day stretch leading up to Easter Sunday—begins in just a few weeks. Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, arrives on February 10. While not every Christian tradition observes Lent, many Christians use this stretch of time to renew their focus on Jesus […]
Each year, when we start talking about Lent and Easter, we hear a familiar question from some Bible Gateway visitors: “What is Lent?” Is it an official Christian holiday? Was it instituted in the Bible? What does it mean to observe Lent, and are Christians “required” to do so? For the interested, we’ll try to answer those questions here.
Our Lent reading plan walks you through each of the four Gospels during the Lent season in preparation for Easter. If you’ve been thinking about spending more time in Scripture during Lent, this is a great way to do it.
Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent—and it’s also the first day of our Lent reading plan! The Lent reading plan walks you through each of the four Gospels during the Lent season in preparation for Easter. Here’s how to access the Lent reading plan.
Beginning on Ash Wednesday (Wednesday, February 25), the Bible Gateway will kick off a Lent reading plan that covers all four Gospels in 40 days. Please consider joining us in reading through the Gospels during Lent!