Michael W. Austin

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Easter Matters Because Character Matters

Yesterday, Christians around the world celebrated Easter, the holiday dedicated to remembering and celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The resurrection is an essential claim for those who, like the Apostle Paul, think that the Christian faith depends on the truth of this event:

 

Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead? If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised; and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified of God that he raised Christ—whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised. If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have died in Christ have perished. If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied. But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died (1 Corinthians 15:12-20, NRSV).

Today, I want to discuss one reason that the resurrection is significant for Christians, because I think it is one that we often either ignore, or at least neglect.

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Resource Roundup #3: Intellectual Virtues, Humility, and Holy Inactivity

Here are a few things from others on the internet that may be useful or interesting for readers of my blog:

Dreher’s Replies to Reviews, Including Mine

For those who are interested in the discussion surrounding Rod Dreher’s new book, The Benedict Option, he recently responded to several reviews, including my own. If you are interested, check it out.

Is the Benedict Option a Live Option?

I think readers of my blog here will find my recently published article on Red Dreher’s book, The Benedict Option, to be of interest. Let me know what you think!

Too Many Words

Consider this, from Henri Nouwen:

“Over the last few decades we have been inundated by a torrent of words. Wherever we go we are surrounded by words: words softly whispered, loudly proclaimed, or angrily screamed; words spoken, recited, or sung; words on records, in books, on walls, or in the sky; words in many sounds, many colors, or many forms; words to be heard, read, seen, or glanced at; words which flicker off and on, move slowly, dance, jump, or wiggle. Words, words, words! They form the floor, the walls, and the ceiling of our existence.”

If the statement about records wasn’t there, this observation would be apt for today. But it was written in 1981! Of course, the problem has only intensified since then. What can be done?

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