It doesn't have to be like this. Jesus Christ never spoke a word of condemnation against homosexuals. Churches don't have any need to condemn LGBT people, or fight against our equal treatment in our country.
As the Lenten season ends in Easter rejoicing, note what has been wrought in you this year: There is a deep hunger in our collective psyche to re-orient our lives toward life and light, healing and peace.
Those of us in the Christian tradition are mandated to love one another. Period. But Jesus pushed the issue: "You have heard it said, 'Love your neighbors and hate your enemy.' But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you..."
Surrounded by the usual code words for these holidays -- "freedom from slavery" for the first, "resurrection and new life" for the second -- this question may seem at the least silly and at worst an exercise of blasphemous anti-religiosity. Yet, it is actually a serious question
The great show of the new pope is the best example of the theology of glory. The story of Good Friday is the story of the theology of the cross. It is not hard to see where Christianity in the United States is rooted.
Contemporary, multi-sensory feats of technology have caused observers to overlook another medium of remembrance. From Michelangelo's Pietà to the Crucifixion by Salvador Dalí, analog sculptures illustrating Jesus' final moments also provide a way for people to experience this story of life and death that has influenced the development of both the ancient and modern worlds.
One of the great themes of the Christian Easter story is that the love of God can overcome the worst of human folly, wickedness and weakness. This idea, if taken seriously, would be a tonic in many parts of the world today, but perhaps nowhere is it more desperately needed than in the Muslim world.
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Jesus died on a Friday. Some women went to the cave where he was buried on Sunday morning and found the stone in the front of the tomb rolled away. Jesus was not dead but had risen from the grave. The greatest comeback in history had taken place!
Like Jesus, we thirst for God's healing, restoring presence in our own pain-wracked lives. Our souls are parched and dry for it. God willingly quenches it -- abundantly, fully, now and forever.
It may just be the hope we need: that the Christ who lives is on the move; that the Christ who lives is alive in the world around us; that while we celebrate the resurrection inside our churches, the Body of Christ is alive and well and walking outside our walls.
The real significance of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday is about rebirth.
This Easter Sunday, when more people pack churches around the country than any other Sunday morning to hear the story of Easter, we should all take the time to examine both the story of Jesus and evolution through the eyes of objective reality.
If Jesus rose from the grave, then he is who he claimed to be -- the light of the world, the friend of sinners, the King of kings, the Lord of all. If he rose from the dead, he is Emmanuel, God in flesh appearing, who clothed himself in humanity to destroy death and to free us all from its grip.
Spring is a sign of renewal and rebirth. It's the counterpart to the reawakening of humanity. I am comforted that the darkness in the church is being rooted out. I still have hope that one day it will again feel like home to me.
Few have realized there are two substantially different Easter stories embedded in our texts. The alternative tradition has no appearances of Jesus following the discovery of an empty tomb.