A Baptist Ash Wednesday

February brings a variety of special traditions.  For St. Louis Cardinals fans, we anticipate this month knowing pitchers and catchers are reporting to Spring Training in Jupiter, Florida.  Romantics remember Valentine’s Day with candies and flowers.  (To a historical theologian, by the way, St. Valentine’s Day is a day of intrigue; how did a Holy Feast day for Valentine of Rome who was martyred in the 4th Century become associated with roses and romantic hallmark cards?)  And another significant religious day takes place in February: Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of the 40-days of Lent.

In my own religious experience I’ve never been too fond of being called a sinner.  Continue reading A Baptist Ash Wednesday