The Benedictine Regular Fast- My Lenten Experiment

French Benedictine Hermit, Adalbert de Vogue begins his little (rare) book "To Love Fasting" with...
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Are Demons Real?

Are Demons Real?

On Ash Wednesday I mentioned an ancient Christian fighting off a demon. Here's the actual story from Abba Elias: An old man was living in a temple and the demons came to say to him, "Leave this place which belongs to us," and the old man said, "No place belongs to...

Is Social Media Bad for the Soul?

Is Social Media Bad for the Soul?

I am working on an article about gluttony. Yes, that's right... that old archaic sin of gluttony. I believe our American culture has evolved into an insatiable instantaneous cult of appetite. Maybe what gave me energy for this was the Super Bowl Doritos ad that...

Charity is the doorway to prayer

Charity is the doorway to prayer

Eventually every earnest young Christian asks, "So if a gangster steals and gives the money to the church, is that okay?" The desert fathers reply 'yes.' Why? First, let it be said there were no more morally perfect Christians than the desert fathers - ever. Those...

PokemonGo and Parenting

"PokemonGo! Ach, what a stupid fad," so said my recent meeting with an intelligent 50+ year-old man. Not so fast folks. There's more here than you give credit, sir. Backstory My thirteen-year-old son and his friends wanted to go up to the church a week ago Monday. In...

Reading Dostoevsky And Feeling Like The Idiot

Does anyone blog about Fyodor Dostoevsky? Nobody actually reads Dostoevsky. Too thick - literally, the books are too bullet-stopping thick. Too thick - FD's books are classified as "philosophical and psychological." *Yawn. But still, something calls me to read him...

Adding Another Lens to See God and the World

I believe each of us look at the world through a series of lenses: money, love life, security, Bible, white or black or (_), education, suffering, trauma - on and on. Most of us are unaware of our lenses or our "unthoughts" to quote Michel Foucault. Healthy...

Difference Between the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds

Last month I preached on the Apostles' Creed in response to the old heresy of Arianism. I thought we needed some tightening up on two persistent heresies: Arianism and Gnosticism. I said that the Apostles' Creed was developed against Arius. But Ryan Fouts, PhD...

Post-Its of Gratitude: What Did We Learn?

Lakeland people were charged with writing a word of gratitude on a Post-It each day and posting it on the kitchen wall. I think it was a success in our house. With four of us we finally had to stand on a chair to post the final few days of gratitude Post-Its. Did it...

My Final Lenten Poem

I have no exit but smoke A Holocaust, An Oblation And become nothing, One with the aether Seduced! Seduced! Seduced! I am...

#lcclent

By Pastor Dan and Laurie Wilburn What is Lent…? The Lent season starts on Ash Wednesday (this year, February 10th).  Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the 40 days Jesus spent praying and fasting in the desert. Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of...

False Fear and the Christian Faith

"Do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit." - Matthew 1:20 'Do not be afraid' is the most repeated phrase in the Bible. I while back I stated that we live in the most peaceful of times. I am not sure...

Dan Wilburn

Dan Wilburn

Founding Pastor

Dan is the founding and Senior Pastor at Lakeland Community. He is charged with making disciples and envisioning the church. Therefore, he leads contemplative retreats; taking retreatants through a multi-year program of spiritual transformation learning how to listen to the voice of the Creator God, fall at the feet of Jesus the Redeemer, abide in the Spirit of God.

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