An Unusual Easter Message

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So, today I’m reading the resurrection accounts in the Gospels, as I often do on Easter, and I run across this:

1 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came early to the tomb, while it was still dark, and saw the stone already taken away from the tomb. 2 So she ran and came to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.”

John 20:1-2.

At this point in the narrative most of those following Jesus were probably thinking they had gotten it wrong. Just a week before He had ridden into Jerusalem while people praised him as the king of Israel. They thought Jesus was there to throw off the shackles of Roman oppression and forcibly establish His kingdom. He was the long-awaited savior.

But then came the crucifixion. Jesus’ followers thought Jesus was to be their savior, and now He was dead. It must have left many who were trusting in Jesus disappointed, thinking he was not their Lord–an amazing man, no doubt, but not their lord and savior.

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Musings In Adversity I

A few weeks ago, I had a serious health scare. It started on a Friday with seeing flashes of light in my peripheral vision. Then Sunday evening through my left eye I saw clouds of blood and big swirling floaters. No bueno.

A quick visit to the internet revealed the possible culprit: retinal tear or detachment, which are both very serious and can lead to loss of vision.

First thing Monday I found my way to an ophthalmologist specializing in retinas. He determined that (by the grace of God) my retina was not detached yet but torn. He told me if I had waited, it could have totally detached and that would have been very bad, requiring much serious treatment.

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The Backstory To Paul’s Athens Visit

Areopagus, Athens

When the Apostle Paul preached in Athens, he probably had no idea who was in his audience, but when he finished preaching, “…some men joined him and believed, among whom also were Dionysius the Areopagite…”  (Acts 17:34).

Dionysius was an important man in Athens.  He was a member of the Areopagus, which was essentially the Athens Supreme Court.

There is a legend concerning this Dionysius, a backstory, that may or may not be true, but as my friend George Grant says, most legend is rooted in some fact. So, here’s how this legend goes.

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Victoria Osteen’s Happy Heresy

Be-Happy-TS-Quote-for-blogPerhaps you’ve heard the latest from Victoria Osteen.

Recently, she reportedly told the Lakewood congregation that when we obey God we should not do it for Him but for ourselves.

Same thing for worship–we are not to worship God for who He is but for us.

You see, the most important thing to God is that we are happy.

This new teaching is apparently a variation of the Bobby McFerrin Gospel.

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What Sergio Garcia Can Learn From Jesus

sergio garciaWatching the recent feud between Sergio Garcia and Tiger Woods is like watching a car wreck: I don’t want to see it but neither can I look away.

Perhaps it was best I not look away because now I’ve seen Garcia do something I didn’t think anyone could do—make Tiger Woods a victim.

This last week, when asked about their continuing war of words following The Players Championship and whether he would have Woods over for dinner during the U.S. Open, Garcia reportedly said, “We’ll have him ’round every night. We will serve fried chicken.”

Garcia, finally realized he’d gone too far and held a press conference to apologize for his remark.

In the weeks preceding his racist blast, Garcia had said a number of negative things about Woods, and when questioned about those remarks and his reaction to the incident that started it all at The Players Championship Garcia justified his remarks by saying he is a “truthful” person and says what he feels. Continue reading “What Sergio Garcia Can Learn From Jesus”