Secondly, I learned that one of the local Methodist churches will be remembering Good Friday tonight with a "contemporary worship concert" while they record their first worship album/DVD. You know, because nothing says "It is finished" like a rockin', hand-wavin' good time and a record deal. The only thing that would make the event better would be if jelly beans are dropped from the rafters.
If you detected sarcasm in those sentences, then congratulations—your sarcasm meter is working. Few things irritate me more than a total irreverence for the remembrance of the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord. So let me leave you with this:
Christ died and was buried. He died. He was buried. He wasn't merely unconscious. He wasn't mostly dead. He was dead. And yet, He lives. Amen, thank you, Lord. And come again quickly, Lord Jesus.
I pray your time this weekend reflecting on the sacrifice and triumph of our Lord Jesus Christ will be one that will bring you to your knees in humble repentance and praise.
Oh, and it is okay to enjoy a jelly bean (or two or three or thirty) or a peanut butter egg along the way. In fact, perhaps you'd like to munch on some while you enjoy your week in review (kind of):
- This is probably the best link I'll give you this week: a collection of sermons, preached by Steve Lawson, that walk you through the week of Christ's Passion, His death, and His resurrection.
- This is why you don't send your kids to camp.
- Good stuff from Lyndon Unger on the charismatic "Renewal."
- It's always nice to know that people are using and enjoying the gifts you send them.
- Here's a great article by S. Lewis Johnson.
- It's true.
- Beth Moore and a few fellow mystics were lighting up the TBN stage this week.
- What does Christ's bodily resurrection say to unbelievers?
- Hating "little" sins.
- Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
- Free book!
- Pastor Don Green shares some great thoughts on the recent Indiana RFRA commotion.
- Christ and Christ alone.
- Again I say, um…what?
- Robert Schuller died yesterday. There is a lot that could be said here, but I'll just leave it at that.
- The day God hung on a cross: