HE IS RISEN INDEED!

THE FIFTH DAY OF APRIL IN THE YEAR OF GRACE TWO THOUSAND AND FIFTEEN The acknowledgement came slowly and with much hesitation, but the sequestered disciples finally said it: “The Lord is risen." Indeed (Lk. 24:34). This from Jesus’ hardcore survivors. Roughly ten dozen of them--if anyone is counting. Unlike other rabbinic clusters, this one includes women right alongside the men. To Jesus … [Read more...]

THE LINCH-PIN OF OUR FAITH

.The Age of Reason was dawning, and an anti-Christian intellectual named Lepeau was desperate for advice. He had created a rational new religion, Lepeau told French Foreign Minister Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, but, despite its superiority to Christianity, it had failed to catch on. Might Talleyrand have any suggestions? “M. Lepeau," the diplomat dryly replied, "to ensure success for … [Read more...]

JESUS’ BURIAL NAPKIN

Over the past year several subscribers have asked if I can verify a popular internet explanation of the folded "napkin" that Peter and another disciple saw in Jesus' vacant tomb (John 20:7). The anonymous email describes the purported first-century Jewish practice of a master who temporarily leaves the meal but neatly folds his dinner napkin to signal his servant that he is coming back. The email … [Read more...]

HE IS RISEN INDEED!

The acknowledgement came slowly and only with much hesitation, but the sequestered disciples finally said it: "The Lord is risen indeed" (Lk. 24:34). This from Jesus' fellow-travelers. Hardcore survivors. Roughly ten dozen in number, if anyone is counting. Unlike typical pupil groups of other Jewish rabbis, the Jesus group includes women--right alongside the men. To Jesus, they all are the same, … [Read more...]

THREE RESURRECTION TRUTHS

To encourage Christianity's acceptance by a pagan world, the early institutional church "baptized" many pagan customs, forms and names, mixing old with new and infusing Christian meanings. The word "Easter" itself had pagan origins, as did its association with bunny rabbits and colored eggs. Today, all those origins are long lost in the mists of ancient history. For most Christians, Easter is a … [Read more...]