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Prepare. Reflect. Pray.

Lent is a season of reflection and preparation, commemorating the time Jesus spent fasting in the desert, preparing for his own ministry. We observe Lent by focusing on our relationships with God and growing as disciples.

In this webinar series, A Season of Reflection: Lenten Studies to Prepare for Easter's Celebrations, three beloved pastors and authors – Magrey deVega, Adam Hamilton, and Susan Robb – join Nicole Caldwell-Gross in conversation about their new Bible studies.

In Savior: What the Bible Says about the Cross, Magrey deVega explores why Jesus died and how it brings us salvation. In Words of Life: Jesus and the Promise of the Ten Commandments Today, Adam Hamilton brings modern eyes to the most important set of ethics in history. And in Seven Words: Listening to Christ from the Cross, Susan Robb examines the last words of Christ on the cross.

Be inspired in your own ministry by these behind-the-scenes talks before you begin this year’s Lent and Easter celebrations with your own churches.



Magrey deVega

What the Bible Says about the Cross

Join author Magrey deVega as he explores why Jesus died on the cross and how it brings us salvation in his new study Savior: What the Bible Says about the Cross.

The cross is the central symbol of the Christian faith. But what exactly did Jesus do to save us from our sins? Why was the cross necessary, and what does it mean for us today? By exploring the mystery of salvation through the cross, we can deepen our love for God and others and strengthen our commitment to follow Jesus.

Susan Robb

Seven Words:
Listening to Christ from the Cross

In her new Lenten study, Susan Robb examines the last seven words of Christ on the cross. Join her in this conversation that brings a hopeful and contemplative take on the cross during the weeks of Lent.

It’s from the cross – as Jesus breathes his last breath and speaks his last words – that his deep trust in God and his divine glory are revealed. Those who listen to these words will discover what Jesus most wants the world to hear.


Words of Life:
Jesus & the Promise of the Ten Commandments Today

What if the Ten Commandments were not just a set of ancient rules, but a guide to experiencing the good life today? In his new study, Adam Hamilton brings modern eyes to the most important set of ethics in history.

In this conversation, Adam considers the commandments in their historical context, considering the meaning of each in Hebrew, unpacking how Jesus reinterpreted them, and showing how every commandment points to a life-giving, time-tested path leading to gratitude, confidence, and peace.



Rev. Nicole Caldwell-Gross

Mobilization & Outreach Pastor, St. Luke's United Methodist Church

Indianapolis, Indiana

A gifted storyteller of the Gospel, Rev. Nicole Caldwell-Gross is an ordained minister, sought after preacher, writer, conference facilitator, coach, and millennial ministry thought leader. She is privileged to have served as the Director of Mission and Community Development for the United Methodist Church of Greater New Jersey directing and developing missional strategies for more than 500 congregations. Currently, she serves as the Pastor of Outreach and Mobilization at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, one of the largest United Methodist congregations in the United States.

Following Jesus into the physical and digital mission field, Pastor Nicole created “The Well” a digital women’s ministry with weekly podcasts, videos, and a growing membership of hundreds of women across the country. Additionally, she spearheaded the development of, a congregational and community hub for resourcing faith leaders and communities as they lean into biblical justice and become anti-racist. She is one of the co-authors of Justice or Just Us, available on Amplify Media.

While God’s call has led her to India, South Africa, and Cuba, her most meaningful mission field is where she resides with her partner in marriage and ministry, The Rev. Dr. Jevon Caldwell-Gross.