This Easter we celebrate once again Jesus’ resurrection. The Resurrection is the most important event in world history, at least for Christians. Conquering death, it changes everything. As Scripture states, “If Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has been in vain and your faith has been in vain.” (1 Cor. 15:14) Dr. Brian K. Blount, Professor of New Testament and President of Union Presbyterian Seminary (Richmond, Virginia), has written a book that contains a lively and convincing appeal to us for our steadfast belief in the God who through Jesus Christ “invaded and routed death.” Nevertheless, too often, as Dr. Blount argues, we typically go about our daily tasks as if death were still the last word. This thinking persists despite the fact that we are an Easter people participating in the resurrection of Christ. His book contains a message that Christ’s Resurrection transforms all of us “living dead” into witnesses for whom God has plans, and for which God will not rest until they are fulfilled.
Blount’s book is relatively short (156 pages) and is organized around examining the Gospel of Mark, the Book of Revelation and Paul’s epistles. It originates from his 2011 Beecher Lectures at Yale Divinity School. Dr. Blount is also the author of Reading Revelation through African American Culture and co-author of Preaching Mark in Two Voices.
Date and time: Tuesdays, May 3 (canceled) and May 10, 7–9 pm
Facilitator: Harvey Bale
Registration: No fee; all are welcome. Sign-up required. Please contact [email protected]
Materials: Invasion of the Dead: Preaching Resurrection by Brian K. Blount, Westminster John Knox Press, 156 pp., and your preferred version of the Bible. Please read the Blount book in preparation for our discussion. The book is available in paperback and for the Kindle.
This course is offered as part of the Christian Formation core developed by the Cathedral lay-led Christian Formation Committee. These discussions are open to all. For your questions and suggestions, please contact the committee.
- No fee; all are welcome. Sign-up required.
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