Two US writers over at Christianity Today have identified five errors preachers should drop from their Easter sermons. Authors Andreas Köstenberger, senior research professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary North Carolina and Justin Taylor, senior vice president and publisher for books at Crossway suggest if you want to help people see Holy Week with fresh eyes, start by dropping some familiar fallacies.
One suggestion is that preachers should not bypass the role of the women as witnesses of the resurrected Christ as it points to two crucial truths. First, it is a theological reminder that the kingdom of the Messiah turns the system of the world on its head. In this culture, Jesus radically affirmed the full dignity of women and the vital value of their witness. Second, it is a powerful apologetic reminder of the historical accuracy of the resurrection accounts.
They are also concerned that certain Christian traditions tend to focus almost unilaterally on the suffering of Jesus on the cross, on the incredible pain he had to endure and on his humiliation and separation from God, understating the “glory” part of Good Friday when telling the story of Jesus’ suffering.
Read the full list over at Christianity Today’s website.