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A Time to Feast — For Lent

The Reformation was a time when men went blind, staggering drunk because they had discovered, in the dusty basement of late medievalism a whole cellarful of fifteen-hundred-year-old, 200-proof grace — of bottle after bottle of pure distillate of Scripture, one sip of which would convince anyone that God saves us single-handedly.

The word of the Gospel — after all those centuries of trying to lift yourself into heaven by worrying about the perfection of your bootstraps — suddenly turned out to be a flat announcement that the saved were home before they started. . . . Grace has to be drunk straight: no water, no ice, and certainly no ginger ale; neither goodness, nor badness, nor the flowers that bloom in the spring of super spirituality could be allowed to enter into the case.

Robert Capon

Two years ago about this time of year, I was indulging in Robert Farrar Capon. And I’m going to start again. It’s a Lenten yen. His recipe as poetry for Roasted Lamb. His clownish love. That garish and loud love. His grace as cooking which finds beauty in everything.

It’s Lent. And here, one week late, I’m joining in. I’m abstaining. The thing from which I’m abstaining is neither here nor there. It could be Sponge Bob cartoons or bad theology. I could be giving up sea salt chocolate or tawny port. Or the fundy-world ubiquitous “giving up Lent for Lent.” Either way, I’m abstaining. The benefit of abstention is to know how good Good tastes. Like finding a whole cellarful of fifteen-hundred-year-old, 200-proof Grace after drinking nothing but sawdust for 40 years. So let us begin. . . .

[audio:|titles=14 – the gospel is good news indeed]

3 thoughts on “A Time to Feast — For Lent

  1. Oh yeah!!! 200-proof Grace. That is EXACTLY what it is all about. And while so many will attempt to argue that we view it as “cheap Grace”, they miss the point of it actually being “free Grace”. And “free Grace” came at a dreadful cost to the One who provided it … all so we could drink it in without cost.

    Thank you for spurring me on with your passion for Lent. I’m still considering how it should look for me.

  2. Well that’s witty, but God’s grace is to the sober-minded who weep with concern over their sin and black wickedness, to be found of God after hiding in iniquity for so many years, to repent of that iniquity and trust in His Grace freely given – A work of the Holy Ghost to convict is needed.
    The drunkard, the reveler, the foolish man who will contemn the absolution and atonement of Grace, the un-sober man will never see the Kingdom of God.
    We are commanded to be grave, temperate, sober-minded – Not given to this business of jesting and levity – The calling of God is too high to be dealt with such frivolity.

    So while this writing may be witty, it is appaling in it’s irreverance, does this man not fear God?

    May the Lord bless you and turn you mam, from this ungodly and fearsome path you have trodden since your manifest apostasy.

    To be a fundamental baptist, of any stature, unconverted though it seems you were, and turn from the doctrine – Then to degrade those you presumptuosly named brethren one time as you do – Writing vicious slanders, placing your tongue in the devil’s employ – It shocks me mam, and saddens me – Nevertheless by the grace of God, whether or not you’ll serve Him, I will.
    Whether or not you fear the Lord and whether or not your heart is burdened to live holy according to His calling – I will, by His grace and preserving power I will.

    It shocks me and saddens me for your soul and your stance, and these years you’ve spent slandering, with malice – But the children of God are forever His, bought with such a precious price, of the very blood of God’s Son.

    I pray the Lord that knowing these things, I would have help resisting the devil, and winning many souls unto His glory – For all the damage poor, weak sinners such as yourselves wreak daily, on the internet, in print and elsewhere, without forgiveness for imagined sins. – May He embolden me to go on for Him and make good for the false brethren’s treason.

    1. And he stood by himself and prayed, “God, I thank thee that I am not like other people.”

      I wish you the best, Mr. Kane. Take care.

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