Walking in light of the Resurrection

Walking in light of theMuch like Christmas, Easter tends to be one of those things that we do and move on with our lives. The only difference is that you don’t find a lot of people walking around wishing that we would live every day like it’s Easter. We love the Christmas spirit, the idea of peace on earth, and exchanging gifts. We want every day to be Christmas. Easter doesn’t get the same kind of sentiments. Maybe because it is seen by many as more a specifically Christian holiday, but still Easter just isn’t as big as Christmas. I’m sure some of you do wish that every day was Easter, but the vast majority of our culture has already moved on from Easter even though it was the beginning of this week. Continue reading

The Importance of Resurrection

The Resurrection of Christ, by Unknown Icon Painter, Bulgarian, Public Domain
The Resurrection of Christ, by Unknown Icon Painter, Bulgarian, Public Domain

This past weekend, we celebrated the Resurrection of Jesus, one of the biggest holy days of the Christian year. As followers of Jesus, however, what do we do with the resurrection? Yes, of course, we believe it and we celebrate it, but what do we do about it? A fairly typical discussion of the resurrection and it’s result goes like this, “Jesus died, was buried, and rose again. Because he defeated death, we get to defeat death too. I can’t wait until the resurrection, then I’ll have a new body.”

While I believe that every part of that statement is true, I believe that there is more to the discussion than only the future hope of the resurrection. So here’s the question that we all need to work through, if the resurrection is true, how does this affect our present reality? continue reading

A Brief Reflection for Earth Day

Photo Credit: NASA Goddard Photo and Video via Compfight cc
Photo Credit: NASA Goddard Photo and Video via Compfight cc

Today is Earth Day. For most Christians, this an ordinary day and many will probably fail to recognize the day, but I think it is appropriate for Christians to celebrate the day more than anyone else. We are in the Easter Season (the time between Resurrection Sunday and Pentecost) and have just gathered to celebrate the resurrection. I believe we ought to celebrate not because the earth is divine, but because God made it. We should celebrate because the resurrection of Jesus began the process to restore all that was broken, including the earth. Continue reading

Discovering our Christlikeness

978-1-4143-7363-8I have to admit, that I struggled with Prototype. I’ll go ahead and tell you now that I when I finished the book, I enjoyed it. It’s a good book and I would recommend reading it. The reason why I’m wrestling with this review is I didn’t enjoy it at first. It took me a little bit to get into the book and really understand the direction that Jonathan Martin was going. Continue reading