CBF, Passport offer online Lenten devotional series

By Carla Wynn, CBF Communications
Thursday, January 27, 2005
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ATLANTA - Journey to the Cross, an online Lenten devotional series, will begin offering daily devotions on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 9. Produced by Passport Inc., the project is co-sponsored by the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship and AlabamaCBF.

Originally intended for young people, the series now reaches adults, according to the project’s managing editor, Nick Foster. "The theological depth of the devotions and the design of the site appeal to a wide age range of people," he said.

This year’s theme, partly inspired by December’s tsunami in Southeast Asia, focuses on water. Daily devotions are composed by a different writer each week, Foster said. Writers include pastors, seminary professors, professional writers and some CBF Global Missions field personnel. "We look for people with varied points of view and with solid theological foundations," Foster said.

Continuing the theme of water, web-based animation and music by recording artist Ken Medema will accompany the devotions. "We don't know [a Lenten devotional series] that is quite like this one. Our site reflects historic Christian disciplines in a modern technological setting," Foster said.

This is the project’s fourth year, with last year’s site netting about 57,000 visits. Foster said he anticipates an increase due to the growth of a similar devotional series for Advent. "Our visitors are starting to make these sites a regular part of their Advent and Lent observance," he said.

The series is available at www.journeytothecross.org.

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