Forty Days with the Risen Christ

Forty days after Easter comes Ascension Day; they are the forty days during which the Risen Christ appeared again and again to His disciples, following His death and resurrection.  (Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; and John 20.) The Gospels give us little of Christ’s teachings and deeds during those 40 days.  Jesus was seen … Continue reading Forty Days with the Risen Christ

Spiritual Disciplines – Fasting

Canon Paul Hardingham writes on the spiritual disciplines that help us to grow and deepen our faith. Spiritual disciplines are practices designed to help us grow as disciples of Jesus.  This month we are looking at the practice of fasting.  Fasting can be a neglected discipline, but plays an important part in the Christian life, … Continue reading Spiritual Disciplines – Fasting

Forty Days and Forty Nights

At the end of this month, we enter the season of Lent:  those 40 days when we follow Jesus into the wilderness and prepare ourselves to celebrate His Easter victory.  In the last century an artist called Stanley Spencer planned to create a series of 40 paintings, each depicting a day in the wilderness.  In … Continue reading Forty Days and Forty Nights