Saturday, March 26, 2011

Hey It’s Dark In Here!

Ever heard of the swoon theory? It’s a good one. Well, not really—it’s more useful for comedic value than anything else, cuz the mental images it brings up are pretty hilarious.

Picture the scene: late in the day as Jesus is being crucified, Pilate orders his men to speed up the death of everyone on the crucifixion-docket that day. It’s the holiest weekend of the Jewish year coming up, and having a lot of Jews hanging on crosses outside their holiest city? That would be bad.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

The Dog Ate My Jesus

It’s the famous old excuse:

“Jimmy, where is your homework?”

“I’m sorry teacher, but the dog ate my homework.”

We’ve all heard it, but have you ever actually known someone to use that excuse? Have you ever used it yourself? Probably not.

Because it’s ridiculous!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Bring Out Yer Dead!

In our first Resurrection post I ended by quoting Paul from 1 Corinthians 15. If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. Well luckily for that little 4th grade boy 25 years ago who wanted to be the best Peter he could be, this is not the case!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Nobody Here But Us Linens

When I was about 8 or 9 years old, the Sunday School classes at my church decided that for Easter we were going to make a little mini-movie about the resurrection. We had the whole thing set up on a large lawn outside the classrooms. Our classroom was to be the 'upper room' where the disciples were cowering after Jesus' execution, and across the lawn, placed against the bushes bordering the edge, we had set up a big foam rock acting as the stone sealing his tomb, complete with Roman soldiers standing guard.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Resurrection is GO!

Part 1: Resurrection is Go!
Part 2: Nobody here But Us Linens
Part 3  Bring Out Yer Dead!
Part 4: The Dog Ate My Jesus
Part 5: Hey It's Dark In Here!
Part 6: You (Don't) Look Like You've Seen A Ghost 
Part 7: Cha-cha-cha-cha-Changes
Part 8: Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!
Part 9: Apostle bin Laden
Part 10: Don't Myth-understand It
Part 11: Friday
Part 12: Saturday
Part 13: Sunrise

In any discussion involving challenges to faith in Jesus there will be a myriad of subjects to consider.
How can you trust a book of dead men’s fairytales?

You know evolution like, totally proves God is fake, right?

So you believe in talking snakes and an angry sky-god who kills his own kid—I believe in magic crystals and vibrating with the universe. Bully for both of us!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Still GO’ing

So Lent starts tomorrow, and although I don’t really observe it except to acknowledge it’s arrival, I thought it would be useful perhaps to reprint my Resurrection is GO! series starting then, since it’s all about the very first Easter.

 I’ve made some minor edits to it which (hopefully) improve the readability a bit. It may be basically the same content as last year, but there are some things always worth revisiting.

 So come follow along on this journey toward Easter! Even if you don’t believe in a man rising from the dead, give it a read anyway--it's always good to discover that not all of us are zombie-eyed nutcases, as I have been called on one occasion...ironically by someone who 'welcomed serious debate'. Comments, questions, and challenges are always welcome.