Baptists urged to recover understanding of Lenten penitence
February 25, 2011
American Baptists are recognizing the value of Lenten penitence, the Associated Baptist Press reports.
“It’s a biblical thing, not a made-up Catholic thing,” said Kyle Henderson of First Baptist Church in Athens, Texas. He said that while Baptists have generally viewed Catholic practices with suspicion, the tradition of observing a season of penance prior to Easter has roots in the earliest Christian communities.
The rediscovery of Lent is the latest sign that American Protestants, while still far from acceptance of Catholic doctrine, have come to recognize the wisdom of Catholic spirituality.