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Category Archives: Lent

What Happened on Good Friday?

Today is Good Friday, the bleakest moment in the Gospel story. Reading the story of Jesus’ arrest, trial and crucifixion today, we have the benefit of knowing that it’s all leading up to the triumph of Easter. But to the Jesus-followers present at the scene, it must have seemed that the world as they knew […]

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What Happened on Thursday of Holy Week?

As we approach Easter Sunday, the events of Holy Week intensify. We’ve already looked at what happened on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of Easter week. What about Thursday? Thursday of Holy Week—also known as Maundy Thursday—witnessed several key events in the Easter story and set in motion the trial and crucifixion of Jesus. The events […]

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Devotional Study: Crucifixion and Resurrection

This lesson is part of Mel Lawrenz’ “How to Study the Bible” series. If you know someone or a group who would like to follow along on this journey through Scripture, they can get more info and sign up to receive these essays via email here. One way of studying Scripture is to ponder the […]

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What Happened on Wednesday of Holy Week?

Earlier this week, we looked at what happened during Monday and Tuesday of Holy Week. Today, we’ll look at the events of Holy Wednesday. All our references are drawn from the Holy Week Timeline. Here’s Wednesday’s portion of the timeline. The horizontal axis is a timeline; the vertical axis represents the proximity between the key […]

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Three Ways to Listen to the Easter Story During Holy Week

I’ve often thought that certain Bible stories seem meant to be read aloud, rather than silently read. Do you associate certain stories or sections of the Bible with spoken narration? Certainly, some of the genres in the Bible simply “listen” better than others—for example, Jesus’ parables are very easy to listen to, whereas Old Testament […]

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What Happened on Monday and Tuesday of Holy Week?

What happened on each day of Holy Week? This week, we’ll be looking at the biblical events that took place during the week leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion on Good Friday. We’ll base this discussion on our Holy Week Timeline, which you are welcome to download, print, and share with your church or community. So […]

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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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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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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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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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