Thursday, April 5, 2007

As long as I'm (heh) "resurrecting" old posts...

...perhaps it's time to re-examine the Good Wednesday issue. Here's some of what I wrote last year about this time.

Dr. Hank Lindstrom of Bible Line Ministries recently aired a show in which he was absolutely, positively convinced that Good Friday took place on Wednesday....

The "three nights" part [in Matthew 12:39-40] is the major argument against Good Friday. No matter how you figure it, you can't get three nights between Friday afternoon and Sunday morning. (As Bill Sizemore puts it, "that just doesn’t fly.") Lindstrom insisted that the three days and three nights corresponded to three full 12 hour days and three full 12 hour nights, and continuously talked about "72 hours" for the rest of the broadcast.

And there's more in that year-old blog post if you're interested. But go back to 2001 for this story, but not only touches on Good Wednesday, but also Easter Saturday, after leading off with some atheist views.

The American Atheists are hosting their 27th annual national convention in Orlando this weekend.

Easter weekend.


Atheist president Ellen Johnson says yes -- kind of.

The atheists have held their national convention during the Easter season for years, but only because hotel rates are cheaper during the religious holiday, Johnson said. Indeed, she said, hotels often seek out the group to offer prime rates and attract the convention....

Christians have routinely sent the atheist group angry e-mail messages. "They think it's insulting to them and we should not hold our convention then," Johnson said.

But, Johnson said, how would Christians like it if atheists asked that Easter be moved to accommodate the convention?

Which immediately leads in to the Lindstrom story.

Speaking of Easter, is that Easter Sunday or Easter Saturday, as the Rev. Hank Lindstrom argues?

Lindstrom, pastor of Calvary Community Church in Tampa, says his congregation will celebrate Easter at 6 p.m. Saturday.

If Christians were true to Scripture, Lindstrom contends, they would don their pastel dresses and suits at sundown Saturday, the day he believes Jesus Christ really rose from the dead....

The Saturday vs. Sunday debate has appeared on Web sites and been the subject of theological articles. Scholars have questioned the day that Jesus rose from the dead, as well as the day he was crucified, and Lindstrom joins a cadre of others around the nation who buck the Good Friday tradition. He refers to Wednesday of Holy Week as "Good Wednesday."


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