Music Matters: What Can Metal Tell Us About the Importance of the Resurrection?

Each Tuesday in Music Matters, Matthew Linder explores the intersections of music, culture and faith. "Metal bands understand the importance of the resurrection because if it is true it changes everything."The resurrection of Christ. Not only does all of history hinge on that event but without it the gospel crumbles apart. While every aspect of the gospel is important, the resurrection in particular is what makes all the rest of gospel matter. The New Testament writers u … [Read more...]

Every Sunday Is a Little Easter Sunday

In a few days, it will be Easter Sunday, which, for many years now, has been the holiday I most look forward to celebrating. Growing up, it was customary in my family for the kids to get a new outfit for Easter and to wake up that morning to a basket full of candy. There was the special Friday evening service at church, and the traditional Easter sermon text on Sunday morning. When my nieces came along and were old enough, my parents would have an egg hunt at their house, followed by an Easter … [Read more...]

Easter Is Coming

As Death haunts us, stalks us, and undoes us and all whom we love, Easter carries us. Your church will probably be more packed with people than usual this Sunday. Sunday, we celebrate Easter, and the longer I live, the more important this day becomes for me. The longer I live, the more friends and loved ones I have to see buried. For every friend that goes into the grave, the more I cling to the hope that Christ came out of it.If Jesus did not rise from the dead, we should quit … [Read more...]