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Easter Needed

If you’re someone with mad computer programming skills, I would like you to create the next big Facebook time-waster. It’s one of those “Take this to find out which ____ you are” quizzes. I want you to do one with church seasons. If you need a benchmark, I’m a Lent. I’m a Lent in every […]

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Searching for Sunday

Rachel Held Evans is back with another run at the intersection between her life in East Tennessee, the struggle to find a viable expression of evangelical faith, and how those two realities form a microcosm of contemporary evangelicalism. Searching for Sunday walks similar ground as Rachel’s earlier works, but with a more mature writing craft […]

On Being Son of God

There once was a person who received the Spirit of God. With the reception of this Spirit, the man became something he was not before: God’s own son. Knowing that God was father, and protector, and deliverer, he implored God for deliverance in the face of suffering: Abba! Father! But deliverance, and entry into glory, […]

Resurrection and Transformation

Resurrection is the consummate display of the power of God. In the resurrection of Jesus, God’s power, through the Spirit, reaches down and undoes the greatest power in all creation–the power of death. God’s own identity is shaped by this moment. Not only is God the God who created all things, calling the things that […]

Resurrection and Sending

I’ve been reflecting on the resurrection of Jesus over the past week or so. It tells us about God’s cosmic action, to renew the whole world and humanity upon it. And so it tells us about our destiny as humans. And the resurrection narratives show us how much it takes to begin to understand who […]

Resurrection and Revelation

The disciples didn’t get it. Jesus’ ministry, that is. Pretty much ever. We see hints at their incomprehension early on, when Jesus speaks in parables and the disciples don’t understand (Mark 4). Immediately after, they are terrified by a storm at sea, and Jesus rebukes them for their lack of faith. We learn that they […]

Resurrection and New Creation

On Monday I shared some thoughts about resurrection: it signals Jesus’ enthronement. That would mean, within the narrative in which Jesus came proclaiming the kingdom of God, that Jesus had been enthroned as king over this kingdom. Jesus’ message of the coming kingdom was an eschatological message that found its resonance within a first-century Jewish […]