What Good Can Come Out of this Crisis? Part 1

If you didn’t already know, Jim Harbaugh is a famous football coach. He’s also a devout Catholic. In a recent podcast interview with Jay Nordinger of the National Review, Harbaugh said that he doesn’t believe the timing of the COVID-19 crisis is by accident: “As I said, God has virtually stopped the world from spinning. I don’t think it’s coincidence. My personal feeling, living a faith-based life, this is a message or this is something that should be a time where we grow on our faith for reverence and respect for God.”

What Are You Living For?

“To live is Christ; to die is gain.”  This has been the most bizarre and tragic Easter we’ve ever experienced.  More than any other Holy Week, it’s pressed the question: What are we living for?

After I mentioned in a previous blog that many of my students would be in tears when I taught them about ancient crucifixion, what Jesus had to endure on the Cross, someone asked what it was like.  While I don’t have room to go into all of it, I can highlight three things that give a pretty good sense of how awful it was.  Fair warning: even though this is just a written description, it is quite graphic.  It may bring you to tears too.

If God is For Us, What Can Stand Against Us?

If God is for us, what can stand against us?  I was talking with someone last week about the Coronavirus and how surreal this whole experience is.  He told me that he’s not a religious person, but that he’s convinced the Coronavirus is God’s way of getting our attention.  He went on to explain that the way the world has been going—I’m not really sure what he meant by that—we needed a wake-up call.  This is it.  This is God’s judgment, His way of putting us back on course.  As a Christian, I couldn’t disagree more!

What Happened?

What happened? A week ago when I was putting last week’s blog together, the Coronavirus was predicted to be a moderate disruption. Now, it’s predicted to be a major, life-changing event of historic proportions. It’s literally turning our lives upside down!

What Does the Third Day Prove?

I’ve studied Jesus’ Resurrection enough to only have one real doubt about the empty tomb.  I don’t have any doubt that Jesus was buried in a tomb that was later found empty.  And I don’t have any doubt that none of His disciples would have stolen His body to perpetrate some kind of hoax.  But I have wondered whether or not there could have been some kind of innocent mistake.  Perhaps the women went to the wrong tomb.  Or, maybe Jesus’ body was moved by someone else for some unknown reason. 

About Me

E.J. Sweeney is a true skeptic. He needs to see to believe. Hard Evidence. Compelling Proof. Solid Logic. This is what he believes in. In college, he encountered questions that the superficial faith he was raised on couldn’t handle. So he began a quest for Truth, a quest for the answers to life’s ultimate questions.

EJ Sweeney

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