Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

Welcome to Varied Expressions of Worship

This blog will be written from an orthodox Christian point of view. There may be some topic that is out of bounds, but at present I don't know what it will be. Politics is a part of life. Theology and philosophy are disciplines that we all participate in even if we don't think so. The Bible has a lot to say about economics. How about self defense? Is war ethical? Think of all the things that someone tells you we should not touch and let's give it a try. Everything that is a part of life should be an expression of worship.

Keep it courteous and be kind to those less blessed than you, but by all means don't worry about agreeing. We learn more when we get backed into a corner.

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Opus 2021-125: Fear Antidote

Unlike Christmas, Easter is not an arbitrary date.  It is based on the Lunar calendar used by the Jews and thus is tied to Passover.  It changes because it is lunar instead of solar.  Lunar dates are based on full moons after the Winter Solstice.  That is the shortest day of the year and can be observed at all levels of culture.  

So the Easter celebration is tied to real calculations.  It is rooted in history.

Don’t get hung up on the name.  The point of Easter is to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the grave.  The early church celebrated this on a daily basis but I believe they quickly learned that if you do something too often it becomes routine and then ritual.  Rituals soon lose their meaning.  For events you really want to let touch you, once a year seems to be good.  Think about celebrating Christmas.  We start playing Christmas music the day after Thanksgiving.  By the time December 26 roles around I am ready to move on.

So pause and grab hold of the historical reality that Jesus, who died on a cross, was resurrected from the dead so people who believe in Him would not need to fear death.

And think about that next time someone tries to get you to panic over a virus that has a 97+% survival rate.

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