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Blog Archives: March 2018

Resurrection Life

March 27, 2018
Chris Castaldo
Christ the Lord is risen! He has risen indeed. But don’t simply believe it. The risen Christ exercises dominion over the expanse of history. He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. In the final words recorded in Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus says, “Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matt 28:20). As men and women whose lives are established in the risen Christ, our calling is not simply to believe that Christ rose, necessary as this is. Further and deeper and more immediately, God calls us to experience the ...

What Kind of Triumph?

March 20, 2018
Jeff Arthurs
Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; righteous and having salvation is he, humble and mounted on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. Zechariah 9:9 (ESV) By the final week of Jesus’ life, he was famous. When he entered Jerusalem for his last Passover, the people rolled out a royal welcome, waving palm branches and lining the road with their own cloaks. They gave him a “Triumphal Entry,” expecting Jesus to knock a few Roman heads together and to seat Israel once ...

The Repulsive Beauty of the Cross

March 15, 2018
Chris Castaldo
Let’s face it, we naturally find the crucifixion of Jesus repulsive. After all, who but the most deranged masochist enjoys pain, abandonment, and despair? In the words of Jürgen Moltmann, the Cross is a “profane horror.” Perhaps this is why he says in the first sentence of his book, The Crucified God, “The cross is not and cannot be loved.” There is, however, reason to love the Cross. It comes by considering the crucifixion from the vantage point of heaven, that is, by acquiring the Father’s perspective on his Son’s sacrifice—so beautiful, ...

The Day After Sunday, podcast

March 06, 2018
Chris Castaldo
Looking to hear something fresh while driving to work, running on the treadmill, washing dishes—a program that informs and inspires your faith? We’re delighted to introduce The Day After Sunday, a podcast by New Covenant Church, Naperville. DESCRIPTION The resurrection of the crucified Jesus brings transformation, a truth we celebrate every Sunday. But when Monday arrives with its unrelenting demands, we easily get distracted from what matters most. In view of this perennial challenge, The Day After Sunday is a weekly discussion between a ...

The Offense of Selfless Love

March 01, 2018
Chris Castaldo
This Sunday we’ll consider the sacrificial love of God, a kind of love that reminded me of something I wrote a few years ago, the beautiful and challenging story of Ian and Larissa who actively loved one another in the midst of anguish. Ian and Larissa, like many other couples, met in college. They were both believers in Jesus Christ, and pretty soon the relationship got serious. Ian began shopping for an engagement ring. They planned to get married in December 2006. However, 10 months into their courtship, while Ian headed to work in ...