Ready for a surprise? Read the Easter message of Martyn Minns

Bishop Martyn Minns wrote quite an Easter message. Here’s a snippet:

The stone was rolled away and their nightmare came to an end. Jesus was gloriously raised from the dead. He didn’t simply survive it he overcame it. Yet it wasn’t simply his life that was forever changed.

All those who put their trust in Him have been given the same promise that death will no longer have the last word for us. Instead we will overcome it. Like him we will be given a new body and live forever in the closer presence of the One who loves us even more than life itself. But even that isn’t the end of the story. We have also been given the promise that the very same power that raised Jesus from the dead is now at work transforming the lives of his followers.

And I have seen it. I have seen men and women who were dead to the things of God come alive – I have seen blind people be given their sight and I have seen sick people made well. I have known people who were locked into patterns of abuse and addiction set free. I have seen men and women with no hope have their dreams restored and their hopes fulfilled. I have witnessed broken marriages made whole and children who were lost brought back home. It is all part of the resurrection story. It is not just about then but it is about NOW.

The good news is that the God that we serve is not only a God who offers radical inclusion but also a God who promises profound transformation.

Surely that’s something that every Anglican can agree with. I listened to the Easter sermon of a well-known liberal ECUSA bishop, and I have to say that Bishop Minns does a much better job of (a) proclaiming the Resurrection, (b) offering a message of radical inclusion, and (c) saying something that would make a person want to come back to church the next week.

I also love the fact that he’s saying something here that will befuddle and confound many liberals. People on the left often cannot fathom that many on the right genuinely want to spread God’s love to the whole world. Who would expect Bishop Minns to talk about “radical inclusion”? When you get past the easy stereotypes and convenient pigeonholes, it all starts to seem…holy.

Tip of the bunny ears to BabyBlueOnline, and thanks for the image too.

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3 Responses

  1. there is that little bit about breaking one’s vows, of course.

  2. Branford says:

    I guess I can’t see at all why this should “befuddle and confound liberals” – after all, CANA advocates “radical inclusion, profound transformation, and inspired service” – all hallmarks of trying to follow Christ’s example and to grow in holiness.

  3. Scott Gunn says:

    Thomas,

    You lost me. Can you say more?

    Pax,
    Scott

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