A United Methodist Pastor's Theological Reflections

"But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory (nikos) through our Lord Jesus Christ." - I Corinthians 15:57

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Pre-Easter Thoughts - Rev. Robert McDowell

Dear Friends, 

Recently, I was flipping through the pages of N.T. Wright’s book, Surprised by Hope. It’s a book that explores the connection between the resurrection of Jesus and what this good news means for our everyday living. 

I offer the following quote from his book to help us prepare for our upcoming celebration of Easter: 

"Every act of love, gratitude, and kindness; every work of art or music inspired by the love of God and delight in the beauty of His creation; 

Every minute spent teaching a severely handicapped child to read or to walk; every act of care and nurture, of comfort and support, for one’s fellow human beings and for that matter one’s fellow non-human creatures; 

And of course, every prayer, all Spirit-led teaching,every deed that spreads the gospel, builds up the church, embraces and embodies holiness rather than corruption, and makes the name of Jesus honored in the world;

– all of this will find its way, through the resurrecting power of God, into the new creation that God will one day make." - 1

In short, I think this quote is reminding us to keep living out our Easter faith through word and deed. We are an Easter people! 

Pastor Robert 

1 – N.T. Wright, Surprised by Hope, Harper-Collins, 2008, p. 208

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