Why you can’t commercialize Easter

Read why Easter resists commercialization in this article from Slate Magazine, no less, not a forum known for “getting” what Christianity is all about!

HT: John Toppe

A poem for Easter

And here is a George Herbert poem for your Easter meditation entitled Easter.

Note what Herbert does with the grisly image of Christ’s sinews stretched upon the wooden Cross, transposing that Good Friday horror into the joy of Easter morning.

Why seek ye the living among the dead?

Grunewald's Resurrection

Grunewald’s “Resurrection”

(By the same artist who painted the Crucifixion, above. From the deadest Jesus to the most alive Jesus.)

Another Christian artist

We’ve been bragging about Lucas Cranach as an artist, but what about a contemporary artist from our very own Cranach community, Sarah Hempel Irani, a.k.a. Sarah from Maryland? She too is a very gifted artist who expresses her faith in her vocation. Check out her website, which includes information on how you or your church could have or even commission some of her portraits or sacred art: hempelstudios.com

Consider this example of her work, a sculpture of Mary at the Annunciation. Note how expressive Sarah has made this block of marble!

Sarah from Maryland's sculpture of Mary

Happy Maundy Thursday

Here is a holiday–a holy day–we don’t have to rehabilitate, re-claim, or re-interpret, a holy day that the secular world is oblivious to, the day we commemorate Christ giving us His body and His blood in an ongoing sacrament, so as that “as oft as ye do this,” He is with us, giving the Gospel to us, tangibly and experientially, in bread and wine.

I have always thought that we ought to bring out the more mind-blowing dimensions of our faith in our efforts at evangelism, that instead of downplaying them to the people we expect would have the hardest time with them and saving them for later, we should highlight such things to the secular world, especially now, as postmodernists crave mystery, are actually attracted to things they don’t understand, and in many cases yearn for an authentic reality outside themselves that they have been told does not exist.

How could we lift up the sacraments in evangelism?

Five years of Iraq

So, we have now been in Iraq for five years. Our troops did win the war part, brilliantly, in a short time. But it’s that nation building that keeps bogging us down.

In hindsight, should we have invaded Iraq? And even if we shouldn’t have, wouldn’t it be another kind of disaster if we gave the jihadists a great victory from Allah and just pulled out?

Any suggestions?