The Monday after Easter is sometimes a letdown, said Dr. James Emery White, professor of Theology and Culture at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, in a recent blog post.
White discussed the disappointment that small churches and church planters might have if they had hoped to see larger crowds on Easter. He writes, "You are grateful to God, but now that Easter is over, there's a bit of a letdown. You wanted so much more. It was, in the end, a typical Easter Sunday," he writes.
But White, lead pastor of Mecklenburg Community Church in Charlotte, N.C., assured church leaders that this feeling is normal, and reminded them that it often takes years to grow a church. more >>
A sign posted by an atheist organization in Illinois to counter a Christian display meant to celebrate Easter has been stolen by an unknown party.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a nationwide atheist and church-state watchdog group, had posted the sign in a public park in Streator.
"This vandalism amounts to censorship and suppression of minority viewpoints. This crime against our banner shows the harm when a local government purports to create a 'public forum' for religion on government property," said Annie Laurie Gaylor, FFRF co-president, in a statement. more >>
A Hollywood producer wants to make sure that he includes God in the creation of "The Resurrection," a film that he would like to see materialize as the sequel to Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ."
To help ensure that the project is divinely inspired during every step of the way, David Wood has not only brought together four other Christian men to co-produce the film with him, but has also assigned one of them specifically to lead the production's prayer team.
Pastor Tim Price is the CEO of the Center for Prayer Mobilization based in Idyllwild, Calif., and has had a heart to pray for Hollywood for several years. Rather than joining past movements of Christians boycotting Hollywood films deemed inappropriate, he decided to pray. more >>
As Jesus drowned in his own blood, the spectators yelled words quite similar to those of Satan in the wilderness: "Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross that we may see and believe" (Mk. 15:32).
But Jesus didn't jump down. He didn't ascend to the skies. He just writhed there.
The bloated corpse of Jesus hit the ground as he was pulled off that stake, spattering warm blood and water on the faces of the crowd. more >>
Pope Benedict XVI appealed for peace in the Middle East during his Easter message at St Peter's Basilica.
Up to 100,000 came to hear the pope deliver his traditional "Urbi et Orbi" (Latin for "to the city and the world") speech. The pope, who turns 85 next week, held a night time vigil in the church.
The pope directed part of his message at the Syrian government, which has been condemned internationally for its brutal crackdown on opposing rebels. more >>
Defying a decree issued by the late Pope Shenouda III prohibiting members of the Coptic Church from visiting Jerusalem, Egyptian Copts are for the first time flying to the Holy Land in large numbers to celebrate Easter. However, it has now been reported that some of them are being denied entry into churches upon arrival.
Copts were among the thousands of Christians gathered near the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, built at a site where Jesus was crucified and buried, for Easter Saturday. However, St. Helena Chapel at the church within the walled Old City of Jerusalem denied entry to them, Egyptian state-run news agency MENA reported.
"We neither allowed them to pray nor to break their fast," a chapel priest identified only as Mesaael was quoted as saying. "That infuriated them to the extent that some of them wanted to fight us. The priest added that Pope Shenouda's instructions were still valid and "we have to respect them even more than we did when he was alive." more >>