People are often surprised when they discover that a series of significant and sometimes very bitter controversies have taken place over how to calculate the date of Easter. And as of [yet], the disagreement is still not fully resolved. —The Fight over the Date of Easter
Any people anywhere can figure out what day is the first day of the week. But even sophisticated calculations haven’t been able to nail down the exact date of Passover. If somebody’s going to celebrate an annual date of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, don’t you think they ought to get that date right? So we’ll just pretend that it’s such and such date? If the historical Jesus became man and if God recorded the facts so meticulously in Scripture, how come we can’t figure out the exact date of the crucifixion of our Lord? Continue reading
You’ve probably heard me repeat the Brazilian saying that the country starts the new year only after Carnaval (held this year Feb. 17). There’s a grain of truth in that. January is the main vacation month. Many travel, especially from our city, since so many are from other places. Then comes the waiting for Carnaval.
Carnaval always falls on a Tuesday, so the holiday often runs from the previous Friday through Wednesday morning. It’s one of Brazil’s main holiday periods.
That kind of calendar affects the work of the church. Absences in meetings. Failure to carry through plans. Lack of flow in activities.
Workarounds are possible, of course, other things can be done, options are available. God’s people find ways to fulfill their mission, whatever the circumstances, regardless of the date on the calendar.
We can “always work enthusiastically for the Lord” 1Co 15.58 NLT.
How will I usher out 2010 and welcome in 2011? About the same as Ron. To me, one day is just like another, no matter what the calendar might say. More than likely, I’ll be up composing my next article for my blog, either in my mind or on paper.