Lenten Chaos: Duane W.H. Arnold, PhD

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10 Responses

  1. Michael says:

    This is the best Lenten devotion I’ve ever read…I need the hope that God can create both ex nihilo and out of chaos…it means He’s got plenty to work with with me…

  2. Duane Arnold says:


    Many thanks…

  3. Jean says:

    Very powerful Duane. Excellent article!

  4. Duane Arnold says:


    Many thanks… when it comes to creation, it really is “God alone…”

  5. Nancy Holmes says:

    Genesis 2:7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and BREATHED into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

  6. Captain Kevin says:

    Fantastic piece, Duane! I sure could use some order out of chaos right about now.

  7. Nancy Holmes says:

    Coming as I do from a Baptist background, I have had little regard for Lent. From my superficial viewpoint it seemed vaguely about Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday and giving up stuff–kinda weird but okay for other folks to do. This year I am paying closer attention and thankful indeed for a more complete explanation of its intent and benefits. Thanks so much to Michael and Duane.

    So I have decided to try entering into the spiritual chaos of “holy undoneness” and the redemptive creativity of God. I have accepted His invitation if indeed He is calling me to such a place, unsure of what to expect but willing…sort of.

    With that in mind, I am especially drawn to two articles linked in Linkathon. The first is Lament in Silence and the second is How to Be A Reconciling Presence in a Vitriolic World.

    All this has been a fruitful debridement for me–useful, necessary and painful. Too long I have believed my identity in Christ was firmly attached to attitudes of “us vs. them.” And I have taken pride in my position of righteousness. I am appalled to discover that this warm cozy is nothing more than self righteousness. And this is indeed a besetting sin that I see will need frequent treatment or these spiritual warts will again cover me.

    This is disquieting, disturbing and I’m wary about what else is going to be revealed to me. I don’t know if I am tough enough to take it. I may want to quit, also known as “chickening out”.

    I guess I’m asking for prayer…

  8. Michael says:


    We’ll pray for you and that your attitude is contagious…well said…

  9. Em says:

    We all need a dose of Nancy’s medicine… one thing that I have found over time is that if your heart is willing, God is very gentle in turning you to face your “shortcomings…”
    God keep us all

  10. Duane Arnold says:


    Indeed, self-reflection is part of the cure for “us vs. them”. When I realize my own short-comings and my own need for healing and redemption, it provides a whole new perspective in dealing with others…

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