Many Christians in evangelical (or post-evangelical) churches do not realize that the Church has traditionally celebrated Easter, not just as a one day holiday but as a season that stretches from Easter Sunday to Pentecost. The season of Easter presents a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the significance of the death and resurrection of Jesus. We’ve selected several recent books on these themes for you to consider during this Easter season.
Recommended Reading for the Easter Season:
|Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up In ChristBy Eugene H. Peterson / Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
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The fifth and final book in Peterson’s best-selling Conversations in Spiritual Theology, discusses Paul’s letter to the Ephesian church, urging readers make Christian character to the centerpiece of their lives. New birth in Christ is essential, notes Peterson, yet the American church does not treat Christian growth and the formation of character with equivalent urgency. Practice Resurrection strikes at the heart of healthy Christian formation by using the voice of Scripture to guide us into the fullness of Christian maturity.
|Revisiting the Empty Tomb: The Early History of EasterBy Daniel A. Smith / Fortress Press
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What do the Gospels and Paul’s letters actually say about Jesus’ resurrection? How should we understand the meaning of the empty tomb? What do Jesus’ encounters with his disciples after his death suggest? How is his disappearance linked to his future role? A careful, nuanced synthesis of this vital, perplexing topic. 192 pages, hardcover. Fortress.
|The Challenge of EasterBy N.T. Wright / IVP Books
Lost among the colored eggs and chocolate candies is Easter’s bold, almost unbelievable claim: Jesus has risen from the dead, and now everything is different.
Bestselling author N.T. Wright looks at Easter in its earliest context, where a band of followers discovered the fulfillment of all the promises God had made to their people over the centuries. The announcement of a new era unsettled their friends and scandalized their oppressors. That era extends to our day, where to celebrate Easter is to live as though God is among us, making everything new.
|We Believe in the Crucified and Risen LordBy Mark J. Edwards, ed. / IVP Academic
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This commentary offers unique access to the doctrines and beliefs of the church’s earliest theologians. As such, it provides a rare tool for scholars and laypersons-immediate access to the relevant writing on a specific topic in the Church Fathers. Taking its title from the Nicene Creed, this volume, We believe in the Crucified and Risen Lord, covers primary source treatments of the doctrine of the person and work of Jesus Christ. The commentary follows the creed phrase for phrase, as gives extensive commentary on each phrase from a diverse group of early Christians ranging from Justin Martyr to Gregory of Nazianzus, and from such well known authors as Augustine, to the very obscure such as Arnobius of Sicca.