Eastertide: Jesus Is Still Risen! Just Ask the Coptic Christians in Egypt

It is easy for me to move on after a holiday like Easter and get caught up in the following week’s daily grind. Sometimes one might even be prone to think like ‘Jesus may be risen, but I’m back here in the grave.’ That’s one reason why I am grateful for Eastertide.Eastertide is the fifty-day season in the Christian calendar that marks the Easter season—from sunset on the eve of Easter Sunday to Pentecost. Today is the second Sunday of Easter, otherwise known as the last day of the Easter Octa … [Read more...]

If the World Were to End Tomorrow, Would You Plant a Tree on Earth Day?

Today marks Earth Day. A quote attributed to Martin Luther reads, “If I knew that tomorrow was the end of the world, I would plant an apple tree today!” Whether Luther ever said it, could an equivalent statement ever be attributed to you and me?This year, global marches involving advocacy for science also mark the occasion. While multitudes of scientists and science advocates are marching today, how about theological advocates? Are they also marching and advocating in various other ways for E … [Read more...]

Baptism and the Lord’s Supper Are Rites of Passage from “Egypt” to the “Promised Land,” not Symbols of a “Babylonian Captivity”

Baptism and the Lord’s Supper are rites of passage from “Egypt” to the “Promised Land,” not symbols of a Babylonian Captivity. Rites of passage are ceremonies or celebrations that occur when people leave one group to join another. So, which group is it that we leave and what group are we entering when celebrating Baptism and the Lord’s Supper?Ultimately, baptism signifies death to our old humanity and new life in Jesus, the truly human and the personal ground of our new humanity. We died with … [Read more...]

On Einstein’s “Genius”: How Often Do We Use Science and Religion for Political and Racialized Agendas Rather than Aesthetic Aims?

I had the opportunity to see a screening of the soon-to-be-released TV series on Albert Einstein titled Genius. The first episode did not go into great detail about Einstein’s scientific discoveries (I have read that the series as a whole is not a science documentary). However, the episode did seek to shed light on Einstein’s personal and family life, and the cultural and political context in which Einstein lived and engaged in scientific inquiry. One of the questions that I came away asking is: … [Read more...]

Jesus’ Resurrection Is the Myth Become Fact. May It Make A Factual Difference in Our Lives Today.

The Apostle Paul declares, “...when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law” (Galatians 4:4; ESV). Beyond his immediate argument in Galatians 4, such fullness of time no doubt included for Paul Jesus being born a Palestinian Jew under Roman rule. One of the items I take from this intersection is that the import of historical fact for the Jewish community and the significance of eternal myth for the Greco-Roman civilization (and Eastern and Middle- … [Read more...]

Jesus Didn’t Do Painkillers or Anesthesia at the Cross, Nor Swoon at the Sight of Blood

Painkiller addictions have sounded the national alarm (Refer here, here, and here). In our painkiller age, it is worth noting that according to Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus did not use painkillers or anesthesia at the cross, though they offered him wine mixed with gall (which dulled pain; Matthew 27:33-34). Nor did Jesus faint at the sight of blood or from the pain, only to awaken later in the grave (Refer here for a discussion of the swoon theory hypothesis of Jesus fainting—not dying—on the cross). … [Read more...]

Jesus’ Crucifixion Is the Greatest Compliment: Take Comfort on Good Friday

Jesus’ crucifixion is the greatest compliment, though not everyone thinks so…One of the things I most appreciate about my Muslim friends is the high regard they have for Jesus: they honor him as a great prophet. This is one reason why many Muslims (though not all) claim that Jesus was delivered from being crucified. How could a true prophet of God die such a shameful death? Surely God would have delivered him from the cross.As much as I appreciate my Muslim friends’ high regard for Jesus … [Read more...]