Christ's seven last words from the cross have long been a source of reflection, challenge, and soul-searching. These simple statements contain the full range of human emotions and divine self-revelation: grief, compassion, despair, forgiveness, physical need, the promise of redemption. In many ways they embody the core of the gospel.
In this brief book one of today's most noted churchpersons and preachers confronts the reader with the seven last words's claim on her or his life. Written with the clarity, depth, and insight that are Will Willimon's trademark, this book offers afresh the challenge and grace of the message of the Crucified One.
"Of the many world religions, only one claims that its founder returned from the grave.
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the very cornerstone of Christianity. But in our sophisticated age, when myth has given way to science, who can take such a claim seriously? Some argue that Jesus never died on the cross.
Conflicting accounts make the empty tomb seem suspect.
How credible is the proof for the resurrection? Focusing on his award-winning skills as a legal journalist on history's most compelling enigma, Lee Strobel retraces the startling findings that led him from atheism to belief.
Drawing on expert testimony first shared in his blockbuster book The Case for Christ, Strobel examines:
Using an approach similar to the one he took in Parables from the Back Side and other books in the popular Back Side series, author J. Ellsworth Kalas opens up new possibilities of insight into the biblical Easter story. The author looks beyond the traditional gospel scriptures to connect the story of Christ's resurrection with other stories and scriptures throughout the Bible, including both the Old Testament and the New Testament.
Kalas's creative approach both clarifies basic teachings and introduces new possibilities of meaning, even for those who are most familiar with the Easter story. Enriched with contemporary illustrations and personal experiences, this volume will provide new perspectives on Easter.
This book explores what the Easter message can mean to children as they grow up. The author helps congregations and families share the Easter message with their children and include the children meaningfully in Lent, Holy Week and Easter observances. Included are materials for children from birth (in the church nursery) to age 12. Also included are reproducible pages to create a booklet for parents.
The first section of the book describes the particular parts of the Easter faith that are important to children at different ages and comments on the biblical Easter texts from a child's point of view. The second part of the book works through the Lenten season, describing ways congregations can include children and p ... more
This anthology provides an abundance of services, dramas, monologues, and sermons for Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, and Easter. Using such things as newspapers and candles, these services will leave a lasting impression. Easy to stage and perform, the programs use varying numbers of people and flexible hymns. Copy privileges are granted.
Gregory Tolle knows that to fully understand and appreciate the miracle of new life at Easter, one has to first fully understand and experience death. In Experiencing Easter, Tolle takes readers on a journey through Lent. Beginning on Ash Wednesday and culminating with Easter, readers are invited to experience: Clean Hearts; Extravagant Worship; Wilderness; Forgiveness; Fearlessness; Hope; Second Chances; Death and Everlasting Life. An extraordinary storyteller, Tolle shares truths that will enhance any pastor's sermons during the Lenten season -- and what pastor has not struggled with finding a fresh, unique way to present these age-old fundamentals of Christianity Whether used as a preaching aid or simply read for enj ... more
Worship Feast Lent is the next in the popular Worship Feast line. WF Lent takes youth groups from Shrove Tuesday to Easter Sunrise with creative, experiential worship outlines. The book will also contain seven worship openers for Sunday school classes and other settings. To deepen the Lenten journey even more, WF Lent includes five original Lent-themed worship songs on audio CD and printed lyrics with chords.