“Spirituals are, of course, the songs that the enslaved crafted to tell the story of their experience. But more than that, to tell the story of their faith and the understanding of who they were in relationship to God, and who God was in relationship to them, and it became a story of freedom,” says Rev. Kelly Brown Douglass, Canon Theologian at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. More →
CHR Comment: The occasion of the article was a concert that presented spirituals. The article includes a video.
Source: African-American Spirituals | November 4, 2016 | Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly | PBS
“Resourcing Ministerial Education” receives a sharp critique from McGrath who points out that the Gospel is the heart of what the Church is about rather than social or practical programs. He also describes the indissoluble bond between doctrine and meaningful worship, which brings people to services.
It’s the theology, stupid.
This article describes some aspects of Christian belief about Christ’s descent into hell, which is of course in creeds widely recited in Christian worship. An aspect missing in the article is that although some Christians teach that Jesus descended into hell to suffer, others teach that Jesus descended into hell triumphantly to proclaim His victory over sin, death, and the power of the devil.
1 Peter 3:18-20
For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit, in which he went and proclaimed to the spirits in prison . . .
Jesus Went to Hell, But Nobody Wants to Talk About It | Religion Dispatches.
This brief article describes a guarded church as the site for their Easter celebration as well as the fact that Christians are a minority in Garissa. Lord, have mercy and protect your people. Change the hearts of those who persecute. Reeling from attack, Christians attend emotional Easter services at church in Garissa, Kenya | Fox News.
Photos and descriptions of various Easter traditions from the name of the holiday to its modern celebration.
5 Things You Didn’t Know About Easter.
Ashey wonders why the bishops are not more active in addressing these kinds of situations, citing other historic examples. Where are Bishops when you need them?.
Taking the flash mob approach to spreading the Gospel. Not sure what I think about trying this. Sort of like caroling. Cool, or no?
Why Having a Pop-Up Church for Good Friday Is Brilliant – Christian Piatt | God’s Politics Blog | Sojourners.