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Smug Ignorance on Grievous Display in Dawkins Easter/Ishtar Graphic

Smug Ignorance on Grievous Display in Dawkins Easter/Ishtar Graphic

You can find the above image in Wikipedia’s entry on “facepalm,” and indeed that’s what it looks like. The sculptor, Henri Vidal, intended nothing of the sort. It’s a representation of Cain’s grief and shame after he had murdered Abel, his brother. That’s a fitting mix of reactions to the following image, which was shared yesterday on the official Richard Dawkins Facebook page. How might one respond to this? I can think of perhaps three or four ways. Some skeptics and atheists will undoubtedly take…

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Seven Stanzas and a Stone at Easter

Seven Stanzas and a Stone at Easter

There are some who say that today, Easter, is a celebration of an excess of imagination. John Updike, never short on imagination himself, says no: the Easter reports were about what happened. Make no mistake: if he rose at all It was as His body; If the cell’s dissolution did not reverse, the molecule reknit, The amino acids rekindle, The Church will fall. It was not as the flowers, Each soft spring recurrent; It was not as His Spirit in…

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Ten Turning Points: Considering the Evidences for Jesus’ Resurrection

Ten Turning Points: Considering the Evidences for Jesus’ Resurrection

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference Last night I passed along five facts on which historians are solidly agreed. Jesus was crucified The disciples believed that Jesus appeared to them after his death Paul (Saul) was converted to faith in Christ after Jesus’ death Jesus’ half-brother James was likewise converted to faith in Jesus after the crucifixion The tomb in which Jesus was buried was empty that first Easter morning Knowledgeable consensus is virtually unanimous…

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He Came For Life!

He Came For Life!

Why did Jesus come? In his own words (John 10:10), The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. This Easter morning we celebrate life—abundant life—once again. He came to give his life for us, but he came to become the victor over death, the firstborn from among the dead, the resurrected one who opens the way to life for all. This is not the end of the…

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More Ironies of Easter

More Ironies of Easter

They thought they had Jesus figured out, and they also thought they had him under control. Not so: He [Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor] entered his headquarters again and said to Jesus, “Where are you from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. So Pilate said to him, “You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have authority to release you and authority to crucify you?” Jesus answered him, “You would have no authority over me at…

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Easter Reprise

Easter Reprise

First posted on February 1, but made for Easter, for He is Risen! Jesus Christ lived on Earth and displayed a life of perfect love, trust, and worship. His example is incomparably great–and it’s unreachable. Part of the validation of the message of Christ is in its unique combination of reality and perfection in the character He displayed. The standard He set is strongly desirable–if being a person who lives for the sake of God and others, and in great…

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The Ironies of Easter

The Ironies of Easter

The religious and political leaders thought they had Jesus all figured out. I doubt there’s anything in history or literature to match the irony of that. They expected was the kind of thing they usually saw during a trial and execution: fear, self-protection, defensiveness; or possibly something like guilt, regret, or remorse. They thought they were in control. They thought it was about a political power struggle, in which Jesus was, to some of them, a nuisance, and to others…

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