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Friday, April 14, 2017

Experiencing Los Angeles: What Makes Friday "Good"?

What makes the Friday before Easter "good"?

Here's a repost from syndicated cartoonist Johnny Hart. 

Johnny Hart died of a stroke in 2007 - the Saturday before Easter. He was 76 and was at the drawing table in his home when he died.

I especially appreciate how he creatively and intentionally brought his faith into the public square. Here's his obituary from the Los Angeles Times, where his work was regularly featured. 

This Easter season, Christians around the world will celebrate the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Listen to what British scholar N.T. Wright has said about Easter: 

"The message of the resurrection is that this world matters. That the injustices and pains of this present world must now be addressed with the news that healing, justice, and love have won … If Easter means Jesus Christ is only raised in a spiritual sense – [then] it is only about me, and finding a new dimension in my personal spiritual life. But if Jesus Christ has truly risen from the dead, Christianity becomes good news for the whole world – news which warms our hearts precisely because it isn’t just about warming our hearts."

"Easter means that in a world where injustice, violence and degradation are endemic, God is not prepared to tolerate such things – and that we will work and plan, with all the energy of God, to implement victory of Jesus over them all. Take away Easter and Karl Marx was probably right to accuse Christianity of ignoring the problems of the material world. Take it away and Freud was probably right to say Christianity is wish-fulfillment. Take it away and Nietzsche was probably right to say it was for wimps."                                       

Christos Anesti - Christ is Risen. 

Happy Easter from Experiencing Los Angeles. 

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