Is the Resurrection essential to Christian belief?

Just 42 percent of Americans identify the resurrection of Jesus as the point of Easter, according to a 2010 Barna survey, and only 2 percent "describe Easter as the most important holiday of their faith."I find this astounding. The Resurrection is the faith. A Christian faith not centered on the Resurrection is not fully Christian. "If Christ is not risen," said Paul, "then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty" (1 Cor 15.14). If the grave isn't empty, then our faith is.Yet … [Read more...]

The real crisis in Christianity

Andrew Sullivan

Andrew Sullivan's Newsweek cover story, "Christianity in Crisis," admirably argues for a "simpler, purer, apolitical" version of the faith. He condemns a politicized Christianity that is concerned with prosperity and morality but dismissive of self-sacrifice and sanctification. … [Read more...]

Meditation on the cross

Doug1021, Flickr.

Terrible stake of execution, Blessed compass and signpostTerrible thorn of the curse, Blessed tree of lifeTerrible wonder of angels, Blessed routing of demonsTerrible burden of the servant, Blessed announcement of the kingTerrible bitter draught, Blessed wood that sweetens foul watersTerrible nails and spear, Blessed ark and olive branchTerrible scandal of offense, Blessed road to salvationTerrible scorn and humiliation, Blessed hope of victoryTerrible … [Read more...]

Steve Jobs and the false hope of our time

Steve Jobs

Two events happened last Monday that stand juxtaposed for me: Steve Jobs announced that he was taking a medical leave absence from Apple, and a priest at our parish, Fr. Seraphim, died.While journalists and pundits frantically asked and answered questions about the health of Jobs and the future of his company, writer Andy Crouch reframed the entire story around the unlikely subject of hope. “As remarkable as Steve Jobs is in countless ways,” he said, “his most singular quality has been his a … [Read more...]

Connecting Christmas, Easter

Detail from mosaic depicting the Nativity

Christ is born!Do Christians put too much emphasis on Christmas and not enough on Easter? It may sound surprising, but it turns out that several serious theologians and Christian thinkers have been saying so of late. But not so fast! You can’t pit one holiday against the other. … [Read more...]


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