Sunday, March 16, 2014

Resurrection Sunday: Putting a Stake in the Heart of Easter

By Mark Sholander
Special to virtueonline
March 15, 2014

Nearly twenty-five years ago, I first learned of the origin of the word Easter and its insinuation into The Church. Now, with the ongoing development of a new Book of Common Prayer in the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), there may be an historic opportunity to correct a centuries old offense in the celebration of our LORD's Resurrection.

As the Israelites concluded their wanderings in the wilderness and finally took possession of Canaan they were quickly seduced by the native peoples to adopt the worship of their agrarian gods, Baal and Ashtoreth. Yahweh was obviously a great god for wandering in the wilderness, but the fertile fields of "milk and honey" did not depend on the same type of protection and intervention - and so the covenant people became compromised and subject to judgment.

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