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The Fruit of Easter

One reason to celebrate Easter comes in a song that we normally sing at Christmas: Charles Wesley’s 1744 hymn, “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus”. The song was written for Advent, but its final line casts its gaze upon the fruit of Easter: by thine all-sufficient merit, raise us to thy glorious throne. It’s a song […]

Easter and the Persistence of Guilt

Our world has “succeeded” in its quest for the “death of God”. But what’s persisted is guilt. The sense that we are wrong, or have done wrong. In his essay, “The Strange Persistence of Guilt”,* Wilfred M. McClay argues well that our increasing interconnectedness has multiplied our opportunities to do wrong. Think of Facebook – […]

The Marriage of Easter

I’m sure the Sadduccees thought they had Jesus cornered, in Matthew 22:23-33. You may remember – the hypothetical woman, married to seven men in this life (widowed each) – which one will she be married to in heaven? I remember showing this to a Mormon on a plane once – it piqued her interest, not […]

Easter and Oktoberfest

What shall we do with Easter, after Easter is over? To ask the question is a good sign; it means Easter has had a good effect on us.  There are many threats to “keeping Easter”. But one of the most dangerous, and the most pernicious, because it is so subtle, is the power of “trends”. […]

A Call to Fast and Pray, This Saturday, April 4

You can print out a PDF of this page by clicking here: Day of Fasting and Prayer 14  Consecrate a fast;  call a solemn assembly.  Gather the elders  and all the inhabitants of the land  to the house of the Lord your God,  and cry out to the Lord. (Joel 1:14) 16 “And when you fast, […]