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Pastor's Thoughts

Find updates, thoughts, event notices, or short message from Pastor Tim in his weekly blog posts. 

Monday Thoughts from Pastor Tim - April 1

Dear Church Family –

 

Thanks for a great Resurrection Day celebration yesterday!  The choir was great.  The joy was strengthening.  Thank you!

 

One of the ways that critics have tried to explain away the resurrection is what has come to be known as “The Swoon Theory.”  This theory claims that Jesus didn’t really die on the cross, just passed out.  And so, according to this theory, His resurrection was not coming back to life, just waking up.

 

Well, here’s a bit of Easter humor about the Swoon Theory.  J. Vernon McGee was a popular pastor and radio preacher in a previous generation.  Many of you have heard him on the radio or used his Through the Bible commentaries.  Because he was a well-known radio preacher, he often received letters from listeners with Bible questions. 

 

One time he received a letter from a lady who wrote, “Our preacher said that on Easter, Jesus just swooned on the cross and that the disciples nursed him back to health.  What do you think?”

 

McGee replied, “Dear Sister, whip your preacher 39 times with heavy strokes.  Nail him to a cross.  Hang him in the sun for six hours.  Run a spear through his heart.  Embalm him.  Put him in an airless tomb for three days.  Then see what happens.”

 

It’s easier to believe the truth than to believe the lies people concoct to try to explain away the truth. 

 

And some more Easter humor: The late Timothy Keller made the point that the resurrection of Christ makes Christianity “the most irritating religion on earth.”  Here’s why.  Keller said,

“Over the years I've had so many people say, ‘Well, I could never be a Christian.’  I say, ‘Why?’  ‘Well, there are parts of the Bible I find offensive.’”

 

To which he would reply, “If Jesus was raised from the dead, you're going to have to deal with everything in the Bible.  If Jesus wasn't raised from the dead, I don't know why you're vexing yourself over that.  But the fact of the matter is Paul was more offended by Christianity than you.  He was killing Christians, and we don't advise that.  But when he realized Jesus had been raised, it didn't matter what offended him anymore. It didn't matter, because it was true.”

 

It’s easier to believe the truth than to try to avoid it.

 

Jesus said, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:31-32)

 

Thankful for a living Lord, living truth, living faith, and living hope – Pastor Tim

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