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Easter

I believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ for many reasons, including witnessing the colorful beauty and splendor at a Pride parade and listening to stories of coming out, of opening the door and emerging into a new life. […] Read More

To bless your ministers and promote their health and well-being, you should encourage your pastor and ministerial staff to take at least one extra day off this week. In fact, insist on it. […] Read More

If Easter is not just an event to be observed and celebrated, but a mystery to participate in and live into, what does this mean in concrete terms for our personal and corporate lives? […] Read More

During Holy Week, let’s come together as a Christian community and practice resurrection. As both Parisians and black Baptists continue to mourn the loss of their precious symbols, let us join with them to help rebuild. […] Read More

Easter is a highly significant celebration in the life of the church and is often presented as the central affirmation of the Christian faith. Do we do it a disservice by thinking of it as a holiday or even a historical event? […] Read More

One of the persisting questions in theological interpretation is what actually happened to our forebears as sin entered the world. A long tradition speaks of “total depravity,” which means we are rendered incapable of any good as our wills are in bondage to evil. Others will speak less of an intensive view – as rotten […] Read More

We are often unaware of the influences that shape our thinking. I taught a class recently at Palm Beach Atlantic University about worldviews, seeking to encourage graduating seniors to articulate, further define or develop a Christian worldview that sees not as the world sees, but as Jesus sees. It is a lens through which we […] Read More

Jesus was not executed because he offered thoughts and prayers to the poor, sick, marginalized and oppressed. Jesus was executed because he turned the powerful and their systems upside down with his radical inclusion of the “other” and his courageous actions against tyranny. More than any other recent Holy Week, I need to reflect upon […] Read More

Christmas is always on Dec. 25. Why is Easter not on the same date every year? This year, for the first time since 1956, Easter comes on April 1, creating a curious juxtaposition of sorts. Next year, Easter will be celebrated on April 21, just as the redbuds, dogwoods and azaleas are beginning to bloom. […] Read More

I read about a woman in New York City who was interviewed as she departed church one Sunday. A reporter asked, “What is Easter?” The woman said, “Easter is when we throw off the robes of winter.” A critic of Christianity said, “Easter is a spring ritual celebrating the ancient myths of the Mediterranean mind.” […] Read More