He Is Risen! Why Do You Seek the Living Among the Dead?

Empty tomb

I’ve seen many images of the Resurrected Christ, in oils and tempura and marble.   This year, though, I was struck by this image—of the empty tomb?No, look again:   The stone is rolled back, but inside the sepulcher something wondrous is happening.  The blinding light, like an eclipse of the sun!  Why, the artist is gazing into the tomb at the moment that Christ’s body is reinfused with life.In 2011, after five years of scientific experiments using different methods of coloring linen, Ita … [Read more...]

With Weeping and Lamentations

Lamentation of the Dead Christ

He is in the tomb. Holy Saturday is such a quiet day—a day of reflection and prayer, of introspection, of acute awareness of God’s abiding love.Tomorrow He rises, and we celebrate with colored eggs and chocolate and a sumptuous glazed ham dinner with the people we love.  But for now, we think of this:  of Christ lying still, grey, in the cool gloom of the sepulcher.This painting is titled Lamentation of the Dead Christ, and portrays the body of Christ supine on a marble slab.  He is w … [Read more...]

POP QUIZ: What Do You Tell Your Children About the Easter Bunny?


Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, on which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. – 1 Corinthians 15:1-2Stop and think about this. No, really!  Read it twice.  Think about it.It sounds pretty important, doesn’t it?I bring this up because a poll published by The Barna Group in March 2010 shows that when asked what Easter is about, only 37% … [Read more...]