Singing of Christ’s burial between death and resurrection, the worship song sings: The entrance sealed by heavy stone; Messiah still and all alone. “O Praise the Name (Anastasis)” by Hillsong Worship The theologian protests, “No! Even as the incarnate Son unfathomably embraced fully and completely the reality of human death, the Father and the Spirit… Continue reading lonely but not alone
Easter brings the usual flood of social media posts where people publicly express their celebrations, beliefs or doubts regarding God in general and the resurrection. Some of my Facebook friends shared an article seeking to cite historical reasons why Jesus lived and died, and another shared an article attempting to show why this historical evidence… Continue reading i need resurrection
This year, Resurrection Day falls on April “Fools Day”. How fitting… Only a fool would believe in something like Resurrection, right? Well… yes. One of the more unpopular and counter-cultural aspects of Christian faith is its ‘foolishness’. The Lord of all existence, meaning and being chooses not to select the best, the smartest, the most… Continue reading foolishness
Some disconnected thoughts re disability: If Dawkins is right that she is blind, pitiless indifference, then Nature knows nothing: in particular, the difference between ability and disability. Nature also does not distinguish between ‘successful’ species and ‘failed’ (extinct) ones; or between anything… this successful species and that successful species… this or that anything… between self… Continue reading disability
Some presentations and presenters of Christianity are, in my view, overly obsessed with the Death of Jesus such that they over-emphasise it, and end up marginalising the Incarnation of Jesus, the Ministry of Jesus, the Resurrection of Jesus, the Ascension of Jesus and the giving of the Spirit of Jesus. It probably wouldn’t be fair… Continue reading full gospel
Q: Why does no Roman historian mention Jesus’ resurrection!? Surely if something so extraordinary happened, they would have written about it!? A: One thing we know about the period is that, from a Graeco-Roman perspective, bodily life after death would have been mocked ((i.e. the mixed response to Paul’s preaching of resurrection (Acts 17).)) and… Continue reading on jesus’ quiet resurrection
I’ve the privilege of preaching the last passage in Luke (24:13-53) this Sunday night. Wow. What a passage! Just for the hey of it, here’s a painting by Caravaggio called ‘The Incredulity of Thomas’, based on this and the other parallel gospel passages. What a painting!