One Big Thing and Three Small Things

Jesus CrossThe big thing today is Easter.  Jesus rose from the dead.  Everything is small in comparison.

Last night at dinner, my son Nate said, “Hey, the last episode of ‘The Bible (on The History Channel) will focus on Jesus’ death and resurrection and it’s being shown on Easter Sunday.  Do you think that’s a coincidence?”  (He was joking.)  We’ll be watching tonight.

My brief assessment of “The Bible”: each week I’m disappointed about one aspect (e.g., too much violence), and elated about one aspect.  Last week (session 4), Jesus’ call of Matthew while telling the Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector moved me to tears.  But even for the parts that are disappointing, it’s always helpful to see the stories enacted.  I’ve pre-ordered it (Amazon releases it on April 2, $29.96).

Have you been watching?  What have you thought about The Bible?  

Three minor announcements (these are the small things):

1) God Behaving Badly on Kindle for only $2.99 expires today.  I doubt this deal will be resurrected.

2) I can’t seem to watch “The Bible and You“, the Canadian documentary that includes interviews with famous people and less famous people (Shannon and myself).  Any suggestions?  The four preview clips work.  I have them listed on this blog.  Each 10 minute clip includes two 2-3 minute clips of the documentary, and 4-5 minutes of the 2 hosts talking about it.

3) Wheaton Old Testament professor John Walton is giving a lecture at Cairn University (used to be Philadelphia Biblical University) on Tues, April 2 at 7:00 at Holmes Hall on Genesis 1, 2, subject of his book, The Lost World of Genesis One.  I’m planning on going.  If you live local, you should go.  It’ll be good.  (Thanks to Gary Schnittjer for telling me about it last night at church.)

He is risen. Indeed.  

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4 comments

  1. Thanks for your perspective on “The Bible” (shown on the The History Channel). I’ve not seen it but will perhaps give it a view when it comes available on DVD soon. Thanks also for the heads up on your book’s special Kindle price. I can’t wait to read it! Have a blessed and Happy Resurrection Sunday. 🙂

  2. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it to Cairn tonight to hear John Walton. A long story, related to me making dinner for the boys since Shannon was gone, and mis-calculating how long it would take to drive to Langhorne, PA. Too bad.

  3. The portrayal of Matthew got me as well. I loved how they interpreted it with Matthew mouthing the words of the prayer as Jesus was telling the story. I hope all is well with you and your family. I miss the classes and the tennis.
    =)

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