John 20:1-10 is a precious glimpse into a most plausible historical scenario as to what happened after Jesus' death, and why the temporary tomb into which Jesus was placed was indeed empty, before the various theological presentations involving "sightings" of Jesus began to accrue to the story.
These fictional men and women, who wear inappropriately tight-fitting spandex costumes and only exist in our imaginations, bring hope to millions of real people on a daily basis, and have become an integral part of American cultural life and identity.
It's official: the end of the Easter season. Pretty soon, in fact, the church will settle in for a long summer of what it calls ordinary time. But not yet.
(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the May 13, 2013 edition.) Ground breaking for Magnolia Marketplace--a two-story mall on ...
So, what exactly do Egyptians say for Easter greetings? Christians tell each other "`Ied Qiyama Magid," "Happy Feast of the Resurrection." But all Egyptians can wish each other: "Kulle sanna wa enta tayyeb." May you be well every year!
The Resurrection challenges us to reflect on where we most deeply experience hostility and disunity. Images of this reality abound: Within the space of only a few weeks, in America alone, we have painfully witnessed the loss of children to gun violence, the loss of life to religious radicalism and the loss of residents to a plant explosion.
It will definitely be a lean Easter! But what is Easter for us Greek Orthodox?
In the Orthodox Church, the Saturday before Palm Sunday is set aside to remember the raising of Lazarus from the tomb. Orthodox Christians around the world have joined in prayer that the two bishops kidnapped will be released from their tomb as well. There has been enough weeping.
In spite of recent developments and whatever new developments may come to light, the purpose for Christians remains. We must not grow fearful or suspicious of our neighbors; Jesus gives us the soul force to love our neighbors.
Holy Week is not a celebration of long ago events. It is the reliving of Christ's Passion and Resurrection in the present.
The final week in Jesus' life included especially great depths and heights: He faced a dark night of the soul in Gethsemane, a torturous cross and, ultimately, a glorious resurrection. Identifying with Jesus in His journey keeps us focused and faithful in ours.
Walter Brueggemann on Lent, Good Friday, Easter and the "shutdown" of the way it used to be: an invitation to neighborliness and newness.
I am increasingly convinced that there are three kinds of churches and that these three church types exist across denominations and worship styles, from small churches to megachurches, in rural and urban settings alike.
"The app says kissing is a form of sexual activity and that's an exercise," I countered. "By the way, if we ramp it up to 'active, vigorous sex' for three hours, we will burn 514 calories."
We can turn the darkness around us in the brightness of noon, as the Prophet Isaiah said, if we live out the core principles of compassion and peace that are shared by the world's great religions.
On Friday I attended an exhibit opening for a young artist who has schizophrenia. If only President Obama could have attended, because events like these would go a long way toward decreasing the stigma surrounding those with mental illness.