Monday, April 12, 2004

easter thinking

great post over at barky’s blog on presence and absence.

It’s interesting to note that the resurrection story begins with the words ‘he is not here’. A turning point in the Christian narrative is founded on an absence of Christ and the absence of God.

At the start of this Easter week I’ve been thinking about this – how absence shapes the experience and spirituality of the disciples.

it formed part of my easter sermonic reflection. mark applies it to the church. i applied it to our spirituality in general. for some easter resurrection is celebration of presence. for others easter resurrection is hope of life because God feels absent. this is much tougher, but potentially much more fruitful.

Posted by steve at 04:32 PM

1 Comment

  1. thanks for the link Steve. glad you found my thoughts helpful. i think your right, God’s absence is a tough one to think through, but ultimately much more fruitful than the simplicity of referencing everything to a ‘physical’ presence of God.

    Comment by mark barkaway — April 13, 2004 @ 8:22 pm

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