I just read a thought-provoking article on the resurrection of the dead. I wanted to share it with you. I don't agree with the author's views on burial vs. cremation: I frankly don't think it matters what we do with the bodies we now live in. Our resurrection bodies are what matters. But his point--that burial is a testimony to the world that we expect to rise again, like the seed planted in the ground in Paul's imagery from 1 Corinthians 15--is a valid one. If you'd like to read it, click this link. Be sure to scroll to the bottom and read the comments from others who have read the article. There's a very interesting debate going on there, with some good points raised by both sides.
This is an especially relevant issue this week, as we look forward to Easter. This Sunday, we'll be studying the classic Easter text: 1 Corinthians 15. But we won't be using it to defend the historicity of Christ's resurrection, or to talk about how important that first Easter is to us. Instead, we'll talk about a resurrection that stands now in the future, not the past: Our own resurrection from the dead. That, after all, is what 1 Corinthians 15 is really about. Hopefully by now (if you've been attending or following our series on Heaven) you understand that Heaven isn't an ethereal, disembodied existence floating on clouds, but a flesh-and-bone life eternal in a real body on a redeemed Earth. But what sort of bodies will we have? That is the topic we'll examine this Sunday. I hope to see you there, and I hope you're inviting a friend!