“The Release of Barabbas” by George Tinworth

Posted by on 4.20.11 in Good Friday-Easter

In the 1870s a British artist named George Tinworth produced a terra cotta rendering of the moment when Pilate releases Barabbas and orders Jesus sent off to be crucified. The differences between Jesus and Barabbas are quite pronounced. Though it is hard to see it clearly in this picture, Tinworth inscribed the words “The World’s Choice…

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Sunday Video: Christ the Lord is Risen Today

Posted by on 4.4.10 in Good Friday-Easter, Video

Today’s video features a stirring arrangement of “Christ the Lord is Risen Today.” If you need an infusion of joy on this Easter Sunday, sing along with the video. How can we not rejoice when our Lord has conquered the grave?…

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Saturday Video: Were You There?

Posted by on 4.3.10 in Good Friday-Easter, Video

This beloved spiritual transports us back to the time of Christ’s death and burial. We are asked to relive those events as if we had been standing there watching Jesus die on the cross. This particular version is very appropriate for Holy Saturday because it ends with the verse that asks, “Were you there when they laid him in the tomb?&…

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Friday Video: How Deep the Father’s Love For Us

Posted by on 4.2.10 in Good Friday-Easter, Video

Since this is Good Friday, I wanted a song that focused on the cross. Among the many newer songs, “How Deep the Father’s Love” stands out for its emphasis on the true meaning of death of Christ. You can find a ton of good theology in just these four lines: “Why should I gain from His reward/I cannot give an answer/But this I…

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Thursday Video: O Sacred Head Now Wounded

Posted by on 4.1.10 in Good Friday-Easter, Video

Fernando Ortega sings this beautiful version of “O Sacred Head Now Wounded,” a hymn attributed to Bernard of Clairvaux, taken from a poem that first appeared in the 14th century. The hymn comes from an English translation (of the original Latin) made in 1830 by James Alexander, a Presbyterian minister. His translation contains many more…

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Wednesday Video: Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Posted by on 3.31.10 in Good Friday-Easter, Video

Philip Bliss, beloved gospel musician and good friend of D. L. Moody, wrote this great hymn shortly before his untimely death in 1876, in a train wreck near Ashtabula, Ohio. In his last public meeting Mr. Bliss conducted a service for 800 inmates at the Michigan State Prison. Many of them wept in true repentance as he sang the verses of “Hall…

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Tuesday Video: And Can It Be?

Posted by on 3.30.10 in Good Friday-Easter, Video

Today’s video features a congregation singing Charles Wesley’s famous hymn “And Can It Be.” I may be wrong in calling it famous because many Americans don’t know the hymn at all. A friend told me that it was mostly unknown in the US until after Billy Graham’s 1954 London Crusade at Harringay Arena. Cliff Barrows …

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Monday Video–"There Is a Fountain”

Posted by on 3.29.10 in Good Friday-Easter, Video

As we make our journey through Holy Week, walking with Jesus as he moves toward the cross, we will feature a different video each day to prepare our hearts and center our thoughts on the great sacrifice our Lord made for us. Today’s video features Selah singing “There is a Fountain.”…

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“Christ is risen!” in 59 languages

Posted by on 3.23.08 in Good Friday-Easter

Since the early days of the Christian church, believers around the world have greeted each other by saying, “Christ is risen!”, to which the other person responds, “Indeed Christ is risen!” This morning I found a Greek Orthodox website that offers transliterations of this traditional Easter greeting in 59 languages:English: …

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Did Jesus Descend Into Hell?

Posted by on 3.22.08 in Good Friday-Easter, Sermons

The Apostles’ Creed contains the phrase, “He descended into hell.” This is widely taken to be the answer to the question, “Where did Jesus go between his death and resurrection?” Christians have debated the phrase, the question, and what happened to Jesus after his death and before his resurrection. Here are two sermo …

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