Tag Archives: Easter

You Had To Be There

POST-IT-WHIP

This post is part of the July Synchroblog which invites bloggers to tell a story about a favorite prank … either one you pulled, one that was pulled on you or one you know about. (If this is your first time to learn about the synchroblog it might be good to know that we typically cover more serious subjects but once or twice a year we choose a more light hearted theme like this.)

As I started to write about a favorite prank I realized two things:  (1) I don’t have that much experience with pranks … neither pranking nor being pranked.  (2) Pranks lose a lot of humor in the telling … in other words it is one of those things that fall into the “you had to be there” category.

There were a few pranks that I thought of that would have been funny if I would have had a video of the prank because one of the funniest things about most pranks is the reaction of the person being pranked.

Soooooo … I went looking for a video of a really good prank because a video is almost like “being there”.

I found quite a few that had me ROTFL. I finally decided on one I thought was not only funny, but unique and creative. It is an “Easter Prank” some college guys played on some college gals.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. (I first watched it during my lunch hour at work and had trouble stifling my laugh so I wouldn’t disturb the people around me. :>)

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Be sure and check out the other July Synchroblog posts:

(I’ll add the links as soon as they are available)

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The Resurrection I Firmly Believe In

This post is part of the April Synchroblog: The Resurrection Hoax.  I will list the links to all the contributions at the end of this post as soon as they are available.

Few really believe.  The most only believe that they believe or even make believe.  ~John Lancaster Spalding

I had to chuckle a little when I read the description of this month’s synchroblog because it said “we” (we being the synchroblog organizing team which I am a part of) firmly believe in the physical resurrection of Jesus Christ.  I chuckled because that isn’t true for me.  I don’t like to say it out loud because I don’t want to deal with the outrage of Christians who believe that makes me a heretic or who claim if I don’t believe in a literal resurrection then I should not call myself a Christian (I don’t use the label much but it still bothers me for someone to tell me I’m not a “real” Christian).

I don’t have a problem with those who do “firmly” believe in the physical resurrection of Christ.  I’m not even one of those people who would think it is an irrational belief because I do believe miraculous things sometimes take place.  I just can’t say I “firmly believe in the historical reality of the death, burial, and bodily resurrection of Jesus”.

I don’t want people trying to “prove” to me the resurrection of Jesus really happened.  I could make all of the same arguments they will make (maybe even better than they will make them) and I probably did at some point to someone.  But, the truth is no one can prove the physical resurrection of Jesus really happened.  If you believe in the physical resurrection of Jesus Christ you must believe it even though it cannot be proven to be true.

For years I did believe in the resurrection of Jesus Christ but during my journey of faith I was duped (in my opinion) by the church about some things and so these days I don’t place my belief in things so easily.  These days I am more careful about what I claim to believe.  I pray, I study, I examine, I think, I listen, I talk about something (a lot) before I claim it as a belief.  If it cannot be proven then I try and decide if it is necessary for me to believe one way or the other about whatever it is.  If not, I just let it be and settle in with “I don’t know”.  I’m okay with “I don’t know” when it comes to the physical resurrection of Jesus Christ.

So if you ask me if I believe the physical resurrection of Christ really happened my answer is “I don’t know.”  However, I do “firmly” believe in the deeper truth the resurrection of Christ symbolizes.  I believe that the work of God and the way of Jesus brings life out of death.  I’ve seen it too many times not to.

So, how has my lack of belief in the physical resurrection of Jesus affected me and my Christian faith??

Well, after a lot of time pondering the resurrection I am much more likely to take the time to listen to others – to love the unlovable – to bring joy and hope to situations – to forgive instead of holding a grudge – to love justice more than individual rights – to put other’s interests above my own – to be generous in all ways – to stand up for those who are oppressed and marginalized – to work to change unjust systems – to try and follow in the way of Jesus Christ.

The interesting thing is these days of not believing “firmly” in the physical resurrection of Jesus are actually proving to be days when I am much more likely to live as if I do believe in the resurrection – as if I do believe the tomb was empty – as if I do believe that Jesus is the resurrection and the life.

Go figure!

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Holy Week Meditations

Patheos is hosting a wonderful series of fresh and contemporary Holy Week Meditations written by blogger David Henson.

After I read the first entry, Forgiving God, this morning, I knew I wanted to share these meditations with others.

I hope you will take the time to read these meditations as you journey through the final events of Holy Week.

Maundy Thursday – Forgiving God

Good Friday – Entering The Darkness

Holy Saturday – Holding Tragedy In Your Arms

Easter – Opening To The Complexity

Bright Monday – A New Vision