JESUS: YOU DID WHAT IN MY NAME?
Just in time for Easter, a new book, which I have not yet read, suggests that Jesus would be angry at what has been created in his name. This review, however, leaves me wondering if one more scholar has misread and misunderstood the role of Paul. If so, the author may have everything else out of line, too. Is this the sort of book you eagerly acquire or the sort you avoid, rolling your eyes at another debunking of Jesus?
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THE WRONG TARGET?
Muslims in Afghanistan again are protesting those Danish cartoons. Fine, but doesn't it make more sense to protest the poverty, war and political corruption rampant there?
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THE MYSTERIES OF EASTER
On this Easter weekend, when those of us who are Christian (except for the Orthodox, who will celebrate April 27) are celebrating the most sacred time on the church calendar, I'm not going to fill up your time reading lots of my words.
But I have found some interesting Web sites that offer lots of information about Easter, not just in its religious meaning but also in its non-Christian sources, which is to say its connections to stories and customs that predated the first Easter, when we believe Jesus was raised from the dead.
For instance, this holiday site has, on the left side of its opening page, a list of almost two dozen topics related to Easter you might find interesting. Tell me if you learn anything there.
For similar information in more narrative form, click here.
The Religious Tolerance site offers this collection of Easter information.
Finally, if you want to read one or more of a stack of Easter sermons from ancient and modern times, click here.
Easter and/or Purim and/or something else blessings to all of you.
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P.S.: Saturday is the three and a half year anniversary of the blog. Not sure what the appropriate way to celebrate is. Maybe e-mail myself congratulations. Or something.
To read my latest Kansas City Star work, click here. (My Saturday column this weekend explores the Christian doctrine of the resurrection of the body.)