Seeing and Believing at Easter Time (John 20:1-18)

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By Greg CareyPeople tell us about their belief in God.Easter Sunday marks the holiest, most exalted moment of the Christian year. In Easter services all over the world, trumpets and organs blast. Flowers transform churches with their brightness. Worship leaders boldly proclaim: “Christ is risen!” Congregations echo back: “Christ is risen indeed!” The cycle of celebration and repetition begins as it should – a festive proclamation of good news. In Christ God has overcome the powers of … [Read more...]

Jesus’ Death and the Future of Violence: Mark 9:30-37

By Matthew L. SkinnerIf pondering Jesus’ crucifixion doesn’t make you uncomfortable, you probably aren’t doing it right.I’m not referring to the gore and humiliation, which makes crucifixion repulsive no matter who the victim is.Watch the Video: ON Scripture: Jesus Predicts His DeathMatthew Skinner, assistant professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary, discusses the Biblical text Mark 9:30-37, featured in the ON Scripture The Bible article, "Jesus’ Death and the Fut … [Read more...]

Mark 14:1-15:47: What Jesus’ Death Tells Us About Ourselves

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By Mathew SkinnerThe Trayvon Martin story is tragic for many reasons. We see one of them in what his death has again brought to the surface: deeply rooted convictions that the system is flawed. We have a hard time trusting the criminal-justice processes in particular cases when the system-wide injustices remain so persistent.As Christians move into the week that most defines our faith, a week of remembering and reliving Jesus’ death and resurrection, this idea of a broken system p … [Read more...]


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