We’re Only Half Way Through Easter

Historically, the Christian Church has celebrated the resurrection not merely on Resurrection Sunday but has devoted an entire season of the year to feasting and merriment. This season known as “Eastertide” and “The Great Fifty Days” lasts for six more Sundays after Easter Sunday, culminating fifty days later on Pentecost Sunday. We already know how…

Hitchens and Wilson

Just finished reading through Is Christianity Good for the World?, the internet debate between Douglas Wilson and Christopher Hitchens, sponsored by Christianity Today, now published in book form by Canon Press. A very enjoyable read all the way through, and unlike many debates in which the participants clearly misunderstand one another and it gets tedious…

Violence is the Answer

Gene Veith writes: “Darwin’s theory of evolution challenged romanticism just as it did Christianity. Darwin showed that nature was not the realm of harmony and goodness that the romantics idealized. Rather, nature is intrinsically violent. The “survival of the fittest,” the raw struggle for survival in which the strong prey upon the weak, emerges as…

Passover Eucharist

In many countries around the world, Easter is called Pascha, which means Passover. And in many of our prayers and hymns, we recognize that Easter is our Passover, our great Exodus event. But this meal reminds us of this fact as well. In the original Passover there was a lamb that was slain, and the…

Good News for the World

Paul says in Romans that the resurrection was the declaration that Jesus is in fact the Son of God. He was declared to be the Son of God with power in His resurrection. The resurrection was God’s public service announcement that Jesus is King. Jesus is the Messiah, the Anointed One, our high priest, our…

Exodus Weather

In Psalm 77, Asaph sings about the Exodus, and describes how the clouds poured out rain and thundered while the people of Israel crossed over on dry ground (77:16-17). This helps fill out how Paul can describe the Red Sea crossing as a baptism (1 Cor. 10). Otherwise, you have a dry baptism because most…

Updating the Links and Other Eastery Things

I’ve just run through my links and updated a few as well as deleted several that don’t seem to lead to the relevant websites or blogs anymore. If I need to update your link or I have deleted yours because I didn’t update it ages ago when you TOLD me, please feel free to drop…

The Ocean of God’s Victory

One of the ways that we can fail to believe in the resurrection of Jesus is to fail to see what has happened as a result of the resurrection of Jesus. Life is busy and complicated and it is frequently a lot like being afloat in the ocean. The way the water undulates and moves,…

God’s Revolution

We are celebrating this morning what we celebrate every Lord’s Day. We are celebrating the fact that two thousand years ago, our Lord burst out of a tomb that had been guarded by a regiment of Roman soldiers. We are celebrating this fact because it continues to be the fact that changes everything. The end…

Holy Saturday Homily: Luke 24:13-35

Opening Prayer: Pour out your Spirit upon us, O God, pour out the Spirit of Jesus on us, that we might see Him and know Him in the Scriptures. Amen. We can’t see Jesus. Sometimes my son reminds me of this fact. We serve a King that we can’t see. Jesus is absent; He’s not…