Saturday, March 26, 2016

Saturday Lagniappe: "Effective Preaching for Easter" and Much More--UPDATED

Effective Preaching for Easter

As I prepare for my sermon on Easter, our church will look into Luke 24. We’ll consider the resurrection by using the story of Jesus’ interaction with the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. But there is so much more to preaching than just picking a passage and whipping together an outline. For Easter, I want to encourage pastors to consider these four principles for effective preaching. Read More

How to Invite People to an Easter Service

Easter is one of the most attended days of worship for Christian churches. A temptation exists for people to not extend invitations to neighbors, coworkers, and acquaintances because they assume people will just attend any way. Not true. We need to be active in reaching out to those around us. Read More

How Will You Win Them: An Easter Warning

There is no other word to speak on Easter other than the gospel. Why? Because it is common need of every human walking about on the planet. Read More

Nine Considerations for Church Members This Easter

Christians have an opportunity to make an eternal difference in the lives on those who attend their Easter services. Read More

Why Does Christmas Get a Season, but Easter Only a Day

Easter isn’t a big enough deal for evangelicals in the West. Read More
Trevin Wax’s question is applicable to Episcopalians, Anglicans, Lutherans, and others whose denominations use a liturgical calendar. They may light the Pascal Candle throughout the Fifty Great Days of Easter and use white paraments on the Lord’s Table and the pulpit but how many are singing Easter hymns and carols on the Sunday before Ascension Sunday (and even on Ascension Sunday) and hearing sermons on the Resurrection. Except for the lighting of the Paschal Candle and the change in liturgical colors most Sundays of Eastertide do not differ from the Sundays after the Feast of the Epiphany or after the Feast of Pentecost. While every Sunday may be Resurrection Sunday, how many churches in practice really celebrate the Resurrection every Sunday? How many sermons address the implications of the Resurrection as well as the Cross for believers and non-believers?
Easter: What about Monday?

We all know about Easter Sunday (resurrection) and Good Friday (crucifixion). Some know about Maundy Thursday (Last Supper). But do you know about Easter Monday, the day after Easter? Read More

Investigating the Resurrection of Jesus [Video]

Discussing Jesus’ resurrection in a skeptical context and more. Read More

Holy Saturday: Did Jesus Descend into Hell?

Harry Farley examines what is one of the most controversial aspects of the Apostles' Creed. Read More

Prostitute or Faithful Servant? Who Was Mary Magdalene?

Mary Magdalene. She was the prostitute who washed Jesus' feet, right? Wrong. Read More

Hindu Extremists Attack Anglican Church

Four Hindu extremists have been arrested by police in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu after they vandalized a newly built church. Read More

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