Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker / Posts tagged "Resurrection"

Preparing Our Hearts for Easter

How should Christians prepare their hearts this Easter? I asked this of Andreas Kostenberger, research professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest and author of the new book, The Final Days of Jesus coauthored with Justin Taylor. It's a terrific resource, harmonizing the gospel accounts of Jesus' arrest, trial, death, and resurrection. What advice would you give Christians in preparing their hearts this Holy Week? Take Easter week as an opportunity to reflect on the essence of your faith, on what the gospel is all about. Make sure you understand the key elements of the biblical story of Jesus' final days on earth so you can pass it on to others, especially to the next generation. That's why I'm particularly excited to use The Final Days of Jesus as a tool with my own children as we read through what happened each day of Easter week –...

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The false gospel of cynicism

Today, at the ERLC blog, I talk about the mandate for joy in Philippines 4:8: Yet Paul, without denying the misery of life in a fallen world, seems to say to followers of Jesus everywhere: “In light of what we have in Christ, let’s think on these things: truth, honor, justice, purity, loveliness, what is commendable and what is praiseworthy.” In other words, let’s not focus solely on the evil in the world. Let’s not live as negative, apocalyptic reactionaries. There is time for lament, certainly. But given that we know the Man of Sorrows who has borne our grief, let’s train our minds to glimpse the beautiful, the unbroken, the rays of heaven’s sunshine upon the earth and the people Jesus is redeeming. Paul could say this, not because he was a Pollyanna escaping reality, but because he had a greater grasp of reality than anyone who lived. A reality that says while yes,...

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Easter’s Big “If”

What are we saying when we gather to worship on Easter Sunday? We are actually saying something radical, are we not? We're saying that an itinerant rabbi who lived 2,000 years ago in a backwater town in the Middle East is actually God. But we're saying more than that, aren't we? We're not only saying that we believe Jesus was God, but that his life and death and resurrection proved this. We're saying that Jesus' predictions of his future death and resurrection tell us that He was no ordinary human, but that he was God in the flesh. But we're saying more than that, aren't we? We are not only upholding the apologetic of the Resurrection, we're not only affirming that the historic Jesus did indeed rise again and was seen by 500 witnesses. We are also saying that "if" this is true, then it changes everything about us, about the world, and about...

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Friday Five: Steve Mathewson

I'm thrilled to welcome my good friend, Steve Mathewson to the blog today. Steve is a fellow pastor in the Chicago area and also is a adjunct professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School where I'm studying for my Mdiv. Steve pastors Crosslife Evangelical Free Church in Libertyville, IL Steve received a Master of Arts Degree in Old Testament in 1986 from Western Conservative Baptist Seminary in Portland, Ore. and a Doctor of Ministry in 2000 from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, Mass. He and his wife, Priscilla, have four children. Steve is also an author. I wanted to talk to him about his latest book, one that I'm very, very excited about, Risen, 50 Reasons Why the Resurrection Changed Everything. It's good reading for Christians as they prepare their hearts for Easter. What motivated you to write this book on the Resurrection? Three years ago, I had challenged the church I pastor...

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