Some Holy Week thoughts and provocations
Ongoing writing means lack of ongoing blogging, as ever. But the end is in sight. On the home straight for getting full draft editor by 1st Jun.
But here are a few links for this Holy Week
- First up, is a little piece I did to contribute to the EA’s Holy week reflections – mine yesterday was on Matthew 27:46, and I started with one of my favourite quotes about living Africa, from Michela Wrong.
When the motor-launch deposited me in the cacophony of the quayside … I was hit by the sensation that so unnerves first-time visitors to Africa… when white, middle-class Westerners finally understand what the rest of humanity has always known – that there are places in the world where the safety net they have spent so much of their lives erecting is suddenly whipped away, where the right accent, education, health insurance and a foreign passport – all the trappings that spell ‘It can’t happen to me’ – no longer apply, and their well-being depends on the condescension of strangers.
- Striking article on TS Eliot’s Waste Land – apt here because of the poem’s articulation of a world desperate for redemption but unsure where to find it.
- Ian Paul has a good piece on Evidence for the Resurrection (following up another good one on Palm Sunday).
… Alternative explanations either contradict well-established facts, or they cannot explain these phenomena. The only plausible explanation is that something quite extraordinary happened, and the notion that Jesus was raised back to life is the only one that fits these facts.
- Andreas Köstenberger and Justin Taylor very helpfully offer 5 errors to drop from your easter sermon. Completely agree – I do tire of these whenever I hear them.
- And full of joy, here is some of the backstory to the viral, priestly Hallelujah