A recent Newsweek article, "Christianity in Crisis," has stirred quite a controversy. The article, written by Andrew Sullivan, a Christian author, editor, political commentator and blogger (ardent supporter of separation of church and state) and published during the Holy Week, makes a case that "Christianity has been destroyed by politics, priests, and get-rich evangelists," and that Christians should walk away from the church all together and follow the teachings of Jesus individually.
Being Jesus' disciple requires giving up all power (power pushes one towards violence, Sullivan argues, quoting Thomas Jefferson) and renouncing politics (Jesus was apolitical, the article argues). The church has become too politically involved and too far removed from the original teachings of Christ, who was humble and actually disliked crowds, according to Sullivan. The author does not spare Evangelical Christians and the "prosperity gospel," as well as the Catholic hierarchy, which "was exposed as enabling, and then covering up, an international conspiracy to abuse and rape countless youths and children."
"Jefferson's vision of a simpler, purer, apolitical Christianity couldn't be further from the 21st-century American reality," Sullivan concluded. more >>
Did the disciples think they saw Jesus after his death on the cross as the result of hallucination or did they really see a resurrected Christ?
Theologian Mike Licona, leader of Risen Jesus ministries, gives an answer to this question in a short video that is part of the "Top 10 Myths about the Resurrection" series that features his teachings on the subject. The ten video clips are available online through apologetics websites, including Credo House Ministries.
"The most common myth pertaining to Jesus' resurrection is the earliest Christians had visions of Jesus exalted in heaven and the visions were hallucinations," Licona told The Christian Post via email. more >>
A megachurch in Phoenix, Ariz., kicked off a clean water campaign today by having its college students walk for 12 miles across the city to raise money to build water wells in developing countries.
Palmcroft Church is behind a campaign to raise thousands of dollars to bring clean water to those in Haiti and Ethiopia in order to fight water-borne diseases. The World Health Organization estimates that unsafe water and poor sanitation kill more people around the world than all forms of violence, including war.
Jeff Wolfe, a pastor at Palmcroft, told The Christian Post that the four-hour walk symbolizes the four hours – often both ways – that women and children have to walk to find clean water in developing countries. more >>
I believe the resurrection of Jesus Christ is an historical reality. The resurrection is on solid historical grounds, independently of what I am about to talk about. Jesus appeared to His disciples---the original skeptics of the resurrection---over a period of 40 days, offering them "many infallible proofs." They in turn went out and turned the Roman Empire upside down with the message of the cross and resurrection.
In addition to the massive historical evidence for the resurrection, I believe there is scientific evidence for the resurrection, and it is to be found in the Shroud of Turin, a linen cloth 14 feet by 3 feet, that purports to be the actual burial cloth of Jesus Christ.
The Man in the Shroud was badly scourged, was crucified, wore a crown of thorns, and was stabbed in the chest with a Roman spear. more >>
WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama continued the annual Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House Wednesday morning, remembering the "tremendous sacrifice" of Jesus and the hope that his resurrection gives.
"We are here today to celebrate that glorious overcoming, the sacrifice of a risen savior who died so that we might live," he said to a room full of Christian leaders.
The prayer breakfast comes just days before Christians around the world mark the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday and his resurrection on Easter Sunday. more >>
A soon to be published survey on the spiritual habits of American adults found that nearly 70 percent of respondents consider Easter to be a religious observance.
The survey, which was part of several conducted by the American Bible Society and the Barna Group, found that 69 percent of U.S. adults celebrate Easter as a religious holiday, in contrast to the popular cultural practice of egg hunts and candy.
Lamar Vest, president of American Bible Society, told The Christian Post that he hopes the survey sends important messages to church leaders. more >>