Thursday, April 09, 2009

Thinking about Easter

A few interesting things have come across my computer this week as we approach the celebration of the Resurrection of Christ.

Here and here are a couple of myth-busting articles about the origins of Easter.

Here is an interesting site where you can listen to the passion narrative from the gospel of John in Gregorian chant, complete with an English translation to follow. Peaceful, beautiful music!

Below is a video excerpt from a talk at a Desiring God conference. (Thanks to JT) It is an illustration of what the gospel really is, and isn't: it is God desiring to love a sinful and rebellious people, including me! It's not about legalistic or moralistic formulas for living according to some set of rules. It's about the love of Christ, so powerful and practical and sufficient that even sinful, broken, and sometimes pathetic people like me can be the object of love and adoption by the Creator of the universe through his son, Jesus. If you don't know Jesus, now is a perfect time. If you need an introduction, let me know.


Mrs. Edwards said...

I saw that video clip on the Desiring God blog and was very moved. I, too, have mourned the fact that many American churches seek to add to their numbers by offering up false gospels. It is heartbreaking, but very encouraging to see a trend of standing up for the Gospel through the Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, Mars Hill, and Matt Chandler, etc.

Shannon said...

*gasp* That's Matt Chandler...I know him! I went to school with him, attended a large Bible study in college that he preached at regularly, and his wife was roommates with a good friend of mine. I had lost track of's good to see he's still standing firm and speaking up. :)

MagistraCarminum said...

Very cool, Shannon!