Archives For Easter

 

With Easter upon us this weekend, here is our theology reading list of books that have been helpful for us in understanding the resurrection of Jesus for the life of the church… 

 

1)  The Resurrection of the Son of God (Christian Origins and the Question of God, Vol. 3)

N.T. Wright

*** This book is only $4.99 for Kindle, through the end of April 2017

Why did Christianity begin, and why did it take the shape it did? To answer this question – which any historian must face – renowned New Testament scholar N.T. Wright focuses on the key points: what precisely happened at Easter? What did the early Christians mean when they said that Jesus of Nazareth had been raised from the dead? What can be said today about his belief?

This book, third is Wright’s series Christian Origins and the Question of God, sketches a map of ancient beliefs about life after death, in both the Greco-Roman and Jewish worlds. It then highlights the fact that the early Christians’ belief about the afterlife belonged firmly on the Jewish spectrum, while introducing several new mutations and sharper definitions. This, together with other features of early Christianity, forces the historian to read the Easter narratives in the gospels, not simply as late rationalizations of early Christian spirituality, but as accounts of two actual events: the empty tomb of Jesus and his “appearances.”

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I’ve heard a good deal of complaining recently about how they aren’t many good kids books related to the Christian holiday of Easter.  Not about spring, and cute bunnies and ducklings, but about the Easter story.

So, I set out to compile a top 10 list…

And along the way, I stumbled upon the wonderful blog, Aslan’s library, that features “beautiful and true theological books for kids.” (I highly recommend connecting with them!) Aslan’s Library confirmed a number of titles I already had on my list, and added a few more. If they have reviewed a book on the list below, I will link to their review…

 

10) Peter’s First Easter

by Walter Wangerin, Jr.

I love Wangerin’s writing, but the artwork in this book is not my favorite…
Read a review from Aslan’s Library.

 

9) Easter

by Fiona French

Read a review from Aslan’s Library.
 
 
 

8) Easter

by Jan Pienkowski

 
 
 
 
 
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These Kindle ebooks by NT Wright and Marcus Borg are on sale for a limited time…

 


Surprised by Hope
By NT Wright
$2.99(through Apr 30)

Scripture and the Authority of God: How to Read the Bible Today
By NT Wright
$2.99
(through April 21)

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Happy Easter to all our readers!

Here’s a short video of N.T. Wright talking about the meaning of Easter…

This talk is similar to his book:

The Challenge of Easter
Paperback: IVP Books, 2009
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NT Wright’s The Kingdom New Testament: A Contemporary Translation is only $3.99 for Kindle right now!!!
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An excerpt for this Easter weekend from

The Challenge of Easter
N. T. Wright
Paperback: IVP, 2008.

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The Lent Lily
A.E. Housman

‘Tis spring; come out to ramble
The hilly brakes around,
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“Easter Communion”
Gerard Manley Hopkins
Pure fasted faces draw unto this feast:
God comes all sweetness to your Lenten lips.
You striped in secret with breath-taking whips,
Those crooked rough-scored chequers may be pieced
To crosses meant for Jesu’s; you whom the East
With draught of thin and pursuant cold so nips
Breathe Easter now; you serged fellowships,
You vigil-keepers with low flames decreased,

God shall o’er-brim the measures you have spent
With oil of gladness, for sackcloth and frieze
And the ever-fretting shirt of punishment
Give myrrhy-threaded golden folds of ease.
Your scarce-sheathed bones are weary of being bent:
Lo, God shall strengthen all the feeble knees.

 

“A Better Resurrection”
Christina Rosetti

I have no wit, no words, no tears;
My heart within me like a stone
Is numb’d too much for hopes or fears;
Look right, look left, I dwell alone;
I lift mine eyes, but dimm’d with grief
No everlasting hills I see;
My life is in the falling leaf:
O Jesus, quicken me.

My life is like a faded leaf,
My harvest dwindled to a husk:
Truly my life is void and brief
And tedious in the barren dusk;
My life is like a frozen thing,
No bud nor greenness can I see:
Yet rise it shall—the sap of Spring;
O Jesus, rise in me.

My life is like a broken bowl,
A broken bowl that cannot hold
One drop of water for my soul
Or cordial in the searching cold;
Cast in the fire the perish’d thing;
Melt and remould it, till it be
A royal cup for Him, my King:
O Jesus, drink of me.

 

Living on the Edge of Believing
(A Poem for the Season of Easter)
Michael J. Bowling

Living on the edge of believing ,
Where we have glimpses of a New Jerusalem
Where the shadows dance teasing our doubt,
Where fear of failure mocks our every halting step,
How do we move forward without slipping,
                                    tumbling
                                    falling?

Living on the edge of believing,
Where the fog of self hides the path ahead,
Where the blur of busyness distracts our attention,
Where the din of noise drowns out all thought,
How do we move forward without slipping,
                                    tumbling,
                                    falling?

Living on the edge of believing,
Where death fades into life,
Where despair gives way to hope,
Where fear cowers in the presence of love,
How do we move forward without slipping,
                                    tumbling,
                                    falling?

 

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:

829559: Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up In  Christ 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.

697013: Revisiting the Empty Tomb: The Early History of Easter 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.

838486: The Challenge of Easter The Challenge of EasterBy N.T. Wright / IVP Books

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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.

825332: We Believe in the Crucified and Risen Lord 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.