Easter, Not a New Beginning

Polemics Report

Pastor Hall contributed the following Easter column to a local newspaper. We think it’s worth sharing…

A certain pastor in Texas, one with a famously characteristic smile and cheerfully optimistic wife toted on his arm, gave an Easter message several years ago in which he said, “If you’ll let go of the old and have a fresh new vision, God can make the rest of your life the best of your life. Today can be your new beginning.”

I noticed this popularized theme of Easter several years ago as I was looking for power-point graphics for an Easter sermon, upon which to put my sermon outline for the congregation to keep up. Nearly every Easter-themed graphic said, “New Beginning” or “Fresh Start” or “Clean Slate” or “Second Chances.” There seems to be a theme, here…and the theme is, Jesus died to give you another chance, a fresh start, a…

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