• Dr. Hal Kitchings


By Hal Kitchings, Feb. 27th, 2020

Some people know this day as Fat Tuesday, the Tuesday immediately before Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, which is occasionally known as “Shrovetide” in England. Shrove Tuesday is not necessarily a day most Baptist folks recognize. The word shrove, per one source, is past tense of shrive, a verb meaning “to go to confession and get absolved in sin.” It seems that most use this day as a day to feast before fasting in some way. And it’s evolved into National Pancake Day. Now, we’re talking Baptist talk! We like to feast. And this Baptist likes to feast on pancakes. Any excuse to eat pancakes works for me. Once I was reminded that today, the day of this writing, is National Pancake Day, I scheduled a dinner date with my dear wife, Kellie. We’re meeting at one of our favorite pancake restaurants. I’m thinking about ordering extra pancakes since it is such a special occasion.

The bible doesn’t mention Ash Wednesday or the 40 days of Lent, much less Shrove Tuesday. If a Christian feels led to observe Lent, there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. If God leads any of us to fast and pray, we should.

It’s biblical! And it can be done any Tuesday of the year. (Any day of the year, for that matter.) It is to be a personal conviction.

Do it, if it helps bring glory to God. Just don’t feel mistake it’s true meaning. And if you are participating in Lent this year, I sure hope you ate some pancakes on Tuesday, February 25th.

Now, please excuse me while I meet Kellie for dinner…

Until Next Time...

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