As Lent is now upon us, it seems everyone is asking me what I'm giving up for Lent. As Maggi Dawn explains, Lent is indeed about "giving something up" but can be so much more meaningful than giving up something trivial.
A daily reminder of what Lent is about is a good thing, so I have signed up for the Episcopal Relief and Development daily meditation. As for discipline - I will have plenty of daily rehab for my knee that will be enough additional daily discipline for now.
Another aspect of Lent that is useful is to maybe take a step back and reflect on the larger aspects and impacts of our faith. To that end, I highly recommend taking the time to view Brian McLaren's keynote address to the Episcopal Diocese of Washington (DC)'s diocesan convention. I have been a big fan of McLaren's work for some time, but feel that he lost his way with the last couple of books - jumping on one too many bandwagons. However, with this address he is back on form with a very coherent message, and one of great hope and promise. It's great viewing for anyone, but especially for Episcopalians and Anglicans, as he tailored the presentation very carefully for his audience. It's over an hour, so it is a bit of a commitment, but if you're interested in the big picture of where faith could be headed, it's definitely worth your time. (HT: Tim Mathis)