Here it is, hiding in plain sight: The only two verses in the New Testament gospels that relate the discovery of Jesus' empty tomb that ring true historically.
How could a yearly three-day Christmas weekend not be preferred? Look, nobody who knows anything actually believes December 25 was the literal date when Jesus was born.
To pastors who are exhausted from extra holiday sermons and services, not to mention the stress of preaching for folks who hear only two sermons a year, it can be tempting to see the Holly-Lily crowd's financial gifts as the only blessing of their attendance.
Explain to me why I'm supposed to feel honored on my birthday because you and your rich friends pay good money for a dead tree, underpay someone to schlep it into your 12-bedroom McMansion and put ridiculously overpriced non-union-made presents under it for your spoiled kids, but God forbid you should increase the minimum wage or extend unemployment benefits.
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.