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Is all the extravagance surrounding Easter a distraction, or are Christians right to give it the special attention they do?
Let’s avoid the culture wars of the Easter Bunny, Cadbury eggs, and egg hunts, and simply speak to what happens in most churches on the morning of Easter Sunday: we go all out.
The music is typically a notch or two more elaborate than normal. The sermon is noticeably more refined and passionate. And everyone seems to dress in their very best Sunday best.
Many churches even decorate specifically for Easter Sunday. The church I attended in college used decorations to heighten the contrast between Good Friday and Easter. In the Good Friday service, red roses with thorns lined the aisles to communicate suffering. On Sunday, white lilies replaced the roses to communicate resurrection. It was a beautiful, artistic way to remind us that in the Christian faith, life comes through death.
Churches seem to love pulling out all the stops for Easter, but is all the pomp justified, biblically?
The apostle Paul says of the resurrection, “If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith” (1 Cor. 15:14 NIV). Without the resurrection, there is no Christian faith.
A few verses later, Paul declares how all of history pivots on the resurrection:
But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. (1 Cor. 15:20–24 NIV)
It is only because of the resurrection that anyone can move from corruption to restoration—only by Jesus’ work is Adam’s undone and a new creation secured.
Easter is the day we set aside to celebrate this truth. It is a day we dedicate solely to the central tenet of our faith: Christ is risen. (He is risen, indeed!)
As such, a certain amount of pomp is more than justified—it is encouraged.
Let the bright pastels, the pressed suits, the church choir, the full band, the near-perfect sermon, and the however-else-you-mark-it-special commence.
In the church I most recently called home, we recited the Apostles’ Creed weekly. But on Resurrection Sunday, we added a twist:
On the third day, he rose again
On the third day
—the third day—
On the third day, he rose again
If you have a hand in putting together Easter Sunday at your church, have it at. Add your twist. You still have a couple days to prepare elements that draw unique attention to the reason for our faith.
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This post originally appeared on the Faithlife Proclaim blog.
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This post originally appeared on the Faithlife Proclaim blog.
The Christian life is full of questions.
God has answers to many of our questions in his Word, and he’s equipped the Church with gifted teachers to help us understand them.
If you had to prove why the Bible is God’s word, what would you say?
Even among Christians, confidence in the Bible’s authority is waning. Many are casting aside the doctrines of inerrancy and inspiration, with devastating consequences.
The God Who Speaks seeks to correct this. It’s a feature-length documentary about the divine authority of Scripture, and it features insights from some of today’s leading theologians on why Scripture can be absolutely trusted.
Here are some family-friendly movies, shows, and series you can stream free all week long—all available with a free 30-day trial of Faithlife TV Plus.
God Came Near
Let Max Lucado prepare your family’s heart for Christmas in these six messages based on his bestselling book God Came Near. Filmed at a beautiful church in Blockley, England, it features engaging stories about Simeon, Joseph and Mary, the real Saint Nicholas, and more.
Why do we celebrate Christmas on December 25? How did Saint Nicholas become Santa Claus? Why do we have Christmas trees? Charting Christmas provides answers to these questions and many more as it explores the history of the holiday.
The Birth of Jesus
Draw your children into the biblical story of Jesus’ birth. Based on J. L. Hurlbut’s Story of the Bible, this short film features lovely animation and engaging storytelling that will capture the heart and imagination of any child.
It’s Christmas Eve in the suburbs of Chicago, and a tired taxi driver reluctantly accepts one more passenger. He soon suspects that the man has dangerous plans to harm himself. As he intervenes to help, grace intervenes in the life of both men in this Dallas Jenkins film.
When his father is arrested for printing a forbidden letter written by controversial reformer Martin Luther, 12-year-old Storm escapes with the original. On the run from authorities, Storm finds unexpected help in his bold fight for freedom.
Get these movies and hundreds more with a free 30-day trial of Faithlife TV Plus—a premier Christian video library for students, families, and Bible enthusiasts.
For a limited time, everyone in the Logos Bible Software Faithlife group can get a free copy of Rick Brannan’s Anticipating His Arrival: A Family Guide Through Advent.
Just follow the Logos Bible Software Faithlife group to get full access to the book through December 31. When you click “Follow,” the book will be automatically added to your library.
And if you’d like to read along with the group, just join the reading plan that appears in the feed right after you begin following.
This devotional provides daily Scripture readings along with discussion questions—and answers. This is key: many Christian parents who have run family devotions know the experience of dutifully asking prescribed questions in a devotional but not quite knowing what the author was getting at. Brannan leads the reader along.
The readings in Anticipating His Arrival are brief, manageable for busy families. Rick tells a few relatable stories—like the time his family anticipated his own father’s arrival back from a military deployment—but he keeps the focus on the Bible, reading it and then understanding it.
Through the month of December, get access to this insightful advent resource for free! Just visit the Logos Bible Software Faithlife group and select “Follow.”
Calvinism has made a comeback in recent decades. In fact, in certain church circles it’s become the new cool.
Calvinist, the much-anticipated documentary from Les Lanphere (whose Kickstarter for the film met its goal in three days and surpassed it by more than double), tells the remarkable story of how this came to be.
Mixing live interviews and animation, Calvinist describes how changes in American Christianity over the past several decades set the stage for Calvinism to find new roots. Featuring R.C. Sproul, Paul Washer, Shai Linne, Tim Challies, and other Christian leaders and teachers, it explains what Calvinists believe, why it matters, and where the movement is going.
Buy Calvinist now for unlimited streaming on Faithlife TV. Faithlife TV is free for anyone, and Calvinist is just $19.95.
Calvinist is perfect for individual viewing or small group discussion, since it digs into the nature of salvation and our role in it. Not everyone may agree, but everyone will be challenged to think and dig deeper for answers in Scripture.
However you watch it, Calvinist is sure to captivate you and make you look with fresh eyes at Calvin’s 500-year-old legacy.
With Christmas coming up, it’s a great time to gather as a family and enjoy some movies.
But, if you’re anything like me, sometimes you feel a little guilty for just watching movies all day.
That’s where documentaries come in handy. They’re a great way to learn together as a family while still vegging out and cozying up. It could even become a family tradition.
In the spirit of Christmas, Faithlife TV is offering a free 30-day trial, which means you can stream dozens of Christian movies and documentaries to your heart’s delight.
Here are some highlights from the collection. [Read more…]
It’s that time of year when churches kick things up a notch.
We’re celebrating God’s greatest act of mercy: sending his Son to redeem the world.
And since a multitude of angels sang at his appearing, it’s right that churches celebrate with at least a little extravagance. Plus, with an uptick in visitors, it’s an excellent season for outreach.
That said, celebrating Christmas doesn’t have to drain the bank (or calendar). [Read more…]