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Palm Sunday: The King Arrives

The days leading up to Easter often have an understandably somber feel to them, particularly as we contemplate Jesus’ arrest, trial, and execution. It’s easy to forget that the week begins with a joyful event: the Triumphal Entry! Today is Palm Sunday, the first day of Holy Week. On Palm Sunday, we commemorate Jesus’ celebrated […]

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Resurrection Life: Guest Post by Mark L. Strauss

Dr. D.A. Carson unpacked the biblical theology of the resurrection on Desiring God’s Ask Pastor John podcast. The New International Version of the Bible translation is available in a variety of editions, one of which is the NIV Zondervan Study Bible (website). A team of more than 60 contributors crafted study notes, book and section […]

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Do the Biblical Accounts of Easter Contradict Each Other?

Is the Bible full of contradictions? At some point every Bible reader, whether they’re a skeptic or a believer, must come to terms with perceived differences and contradictions in the Bible text. And these questions naturally assume a particular urgency around Easter. Why is that? Because the events of Easter—Jesus’ arrest, crucifixion, and resurrection, as […]

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The Berenstain Bears and the Bible: An Interview with Mike Berenstain

Stan and Jan Berenstain introduced their first Berenstain Bear book in 1962. Mike Berenstain grew up watching his parents work together to draw and write about this lovable bear family. Eventually he started drawing and writing about them, too, and today, more than 200 books later, he continues to create the delightful Berenstain Bear adventures. […]

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Is Easter Based on a Pagan Holiday?

Is the word “Easter” derived from the name of a pagan goddess? Is it appropriate to use that term to refer to the Resurrection day of Jesus Christ—and is the entire Lent season and Easter holiday tainted by association with ancient pagan religion? We’re asked these questions each year during Lent. We’ve asked Mel Lawrenz, […]

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Happy Leap Day!

Happy Leap Day! According to Wikipedia: “February 29, also known as leap day or leap year in the Gregorian calendar, is a date that occurs in most years that are divisible by 4, such as 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020, and 2024…. A leap day is observed because a complete revolution around the Sun takes slightly […]

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Risen Looks at the Easter Story from a Different Perspective

The Easter season may not have quite the mainstream cultural presence that Christmas does, but the Easter story lends itself well to dramatization—as we’ve seen recently in 2004’s The Passion of the Christ, the 2013 television miniseries The Bible, and the 2014 film Son of God (based on the aforementioned miniseries). [Browse Lent and Easter […]

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What Can You Gain During Lent?

We’re nearly a week into the season of Lent. Did you commit to “give something up” during Lent? It’s a common practice during the Easter season, but it certainly be a challenge to give up a long-held habit or activity, whether the change is major (giving up a deeply-ingrained habit) or relatively minor (staying off […]

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Ash Wednesday: A Call to Repentance

Lent is here! Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of the season of Lent, and around the world, millions of Christians are beginning a 40-day journey of reflection toward Easter. The Lenten season is focused on reflection and repentance—of acknowledgement of our sins in anticipation of the forgiveness that Easter represents. In this spirit, […]

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Shrove Tuesday: Prepare Your Heart for Lent

Today is Shrove Tuesday, the day before Lent. It’s rather colorfully known as Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, and even Pancake Tuesday in different places around the world. (The references to food derive from the practice of feasting on the day before Lent’s fasting period begins.) Shrove Tuesday isn’t observed in most churches to the extent […]

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