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Special Project | An Easter Holiday Reader, 2018

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Belief%20Banner_1.jpgJesus was killed because he was a speaker of God’s truth. He was an unrelenting advocate of justice. The resurrection stories make a profound declaration: Truth can never be killed and the truth-teller can never be defeated.

  • Part 1:Telling the Truth about Easter
  • Part 2: From the Archives | Misunderstanding Jesus’s Execution
  • Part 3: “I just don’t believe this anymore”: Why I abandoned my faith.

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1:Telling the Truth about Easter

Jesus, a radical preacher who advocated for the poor, was crucified for turning over money tables at the Temple and other insurrectionary acts. His body was likely left to wild animals, but his chroniclers sought to glorify his ending with myths about a resurrection.

Howard Bess, Consortium News

http://consortiumnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/jesus-crucifixion-Mathis-Gothart-Nithart-222x300.jpg Depiction of Jesus’s Crucifixion by 16th Century artist Mathis Gothart-Nithart.

April 19, 2014 | On Easter morning, at 6:30 a.m. when sunlight is just beginning to glow over the mountains to the east of Palmer, Alaska, I will, as is my custom, arrive at a sunrise Easter service to celebrate the resurrection of my Lord. I have already checked the lectionary and reread the resurrection story as recorded in Matthew 28:1-10. Millions of my Christian brothers and sisters will be reading the same ten verses.

Millions of sermons will be preached based on the Matthew account of the resurrection, but very few preachers will make mention of the history and background of the passage. A typical minister will not share what he/she learned in theological seminary about the resurrection passages.

Howard Bess is a retired American Baptist minister, who lives in Palmer, Alaska.

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Part 2: From the Archives | Misunderstanding Jesus’s Execution

http://consortiumnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/jesusmoneychangers-300x244.jpg Over the centuries as Christianity bent to the interests of the rich and powerful, the story of Jesus’s fateful week in Jerusalem was reshaped to minimize its pivotal event, overturning the Temple’s money tables, a challenge to religious and political power.

Howard Bess, Consortium News
 

April 13, 2014 Christians have special celebrations for the key events of Holy Week, but they often overlook one of the most important.

Palm Sunday celebrates the entry of Jesus into the city of Jerusalem. Maunday Thursday is a solemn replay of his last meal with his disciples. Good Friday takes us through his mock trial and his death of horror on a Roman Cross. Easter is the Christians’ triumphant celebration of Jesus’s resurrection from the dead.

Howard Bess is a retired American Baptist minister, who lives in Palmer, Alaska.

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Part 3: “I just don’t believe this anymore”: Why I abandoned my faith. 

http://media.salon.com/2014/12/god_jesus.jpg (Credit: Wikimedia)

Valerie Tarico, AlterNet

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