April 09, 2010

What Easter Means for the Future of the Cosmos Is Easter only something we look back at with gratitude? Does God care about injustice in the world, the pain and suffering we experience, or is He only interested in 'saving our souls'? Should we just hope to "fly away" in glory and escape the wreckage of the cosmos, or does God mean to rescue the whole universe, His good creation? Here is the audio (in dark gray below) and a rough sketch of my outline of a 20-minute talk I gave on Easter Sunday Night on what Easter means for God's defeat of evil and the future of the cosmos: EASTER_ What the Resurrection of Jesus Means for the World The preaching of the early apostles was all about the resurrection Peter preaches about the resurrection of Jesus at Pentecost Peter & John were preaching that Jesus was raised from the dead on Solomon’s porch Paul proclaimed the resurrection of Jesus before a skeptical Greek crowd and before a divided Sanhedrin Acts 4:33 (NIV) “With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all.” Why? Is Easter something we only look back at with gratitude? 1 Cor. 15:12-19 (NIV) “But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised....
Help With Title/Sub-Title for My New Book OK...I need your help. I've been trying to hash out a sub-title for my new book with my publisher and we've had little success. Here's the gist of the book: Based on the Beatitudes, the book explores the bold and stunning announcement that an unlikely group of people are "blessed". Except the word He used is the non-religious word, a word more akin to our slang, "Lucky!" What's more surprising is that these people are not being called lucky because they are poor or because they mourning; rather, in spite of those things they are lucky for the Kingdom has come to them. And yet, there is something about being poor in spirit or pure in heart or being a peacemaker that makes them a picture of living in the Kingdom they are receiving. And a huge part of that is carrying that same Kingdom to other unlikely people. The reader "take-away" is two-fold: They will see a portrait of the type of person Jesus calls lucky. They will recover our call to be image-bearers and luck-bearers in the world that God is rescuing. Here are the title options: 1. Lucky 2. The Lucky Ones Choose the one you like best and list it in the comment column. Here are some sub-title options: 1. Lucky: How the Kingdom Comes to Unlikely People 2. Lucky: Why the Kingdom Has Come to You 3. Lucky: Rethinking the Blessing. Recovering the Calling 4. Lucky: Rethinking the Blessed Life 5. Lucky: Jesus' Startling Announcement to You 6. Lucky: Unbelievable Good News. Unmistakeable Calling. 7. Lucky: Your Untold Good Fortune and What It Means for the Whole World Choose the two you like the best and write them in the comment bar. Thanks for the help! The book is slated for an April 2011 release...

Glenn Packiam

Lead Pastor, new life DOWNTOWN, New Life Church, Colorado Springs, CO. Author and songwriter.

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