We had a good conversation at the pub last night about where Jesus spent his three days between the cross and Easter morn. The Bahamas? Iceland? Heaven? Hell?
As the old Apostles Creed puts it, Jesus “descended into Hell” at some point, a line a lot of people gloss over or ignore when they read it. It’s a fascinating theological idea that Jesus conquered the “underworld” or the “waiting room” in between this life and the next and preached to the souls there. For folks who believe in universal salvation, the idea that Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection saved everyone (even non-Christians), this idea sort of makes it possible that people who didn’t even know Jesus would get a chance to be persuaded by him. Or, it might just suggest that God’s love has no boundaries.
If you want to look up a couple of scriptures that support this image of Jesus conquering Hell on his way to Easter, check out 1 Peter 3:18-20 or Ephesians 4:8-9. Fun stuff!
I contend that God’s love is more powerful than anything evil can throw at it, so for me, Jesus spending a couple of layover days in Hell is a pretty powerful concept.
By the way, the pub is taking a break next Tuesday due to the July 4 holiday and mission trips but will be back on July 10 with a special guest at the Pizza Lounge. Free childcare at the church, by the way!
Easter worship at the Table was rad today. What a gift! Lots of art, colors, and beauty. Check out some pictures below. (Credit to Don Morris Jr. for the great photography.)
Janie Autz, our Director of Outreach on staff here, shared this news with me via email:
Katherine Turner, our Outreach Chair, and her daughter, Savannah (who will be baptized here on Sunday), have been volunteering in Forney today with one of the churches offering relief to families who have been displaced from their homes due to the tornadoes. Katherine says at this point they are not in need of any additional donated goods. But, families could really use gifts cards for restaurants… i.e. Subway, Chili’s, Pizza Hut, Dickie’s BBQ, Wendy’s, Chic-Fil-A, etc.
We will have baskets placed around the church on Easter Sunday if you would like to help. Losing everything you have, staying in a motel, and having to eat all your meals out is very expensive for one person, much less a family. Helping these families on Easter Sunday would truly be a “Resurrection Sunday” for them as well as each of us.
Katherine is our Outreach Chair and will deliver your gifts to the church in Forney on Monday who is coordinating relief efforts with the families.
Get to it, Table peeps. Bring a gift card and bless someone devastated by the recent storms this Sunday.
Easter is not here yet, but I am extending an invite to all my friends, fellow bloggers, and seekers to come join us for the Table this Sunday.
Many of our neighbors will get a invite card that looks like the image above. If you are wanting to return to church or discover a community that practices God’s hospitality, I hope you check us out. Our gathering takes place at 9:30 AM in the Community Room (below the sanctuary) at East Dallas Christian Church (629 N. Peak St., Dallas, TX). Park in the parking lot and follow the Table signs. Grab a donut and some coffee on the way in at our little breakfast bar. Say hello to some of our regulars. We begin worship with music and continue with a mixture of prayer, conversation, and communion. It’s relaxed and informal – dress as you feel comfortable. If you’ve got kids, you can check them in to our nursery or one of our Sunday School classes where they will have a good time. (My daughter and son can attest to that!)
The Table is a great community – our people are such a blessing, so generous and thoughtful and fun. I believe that comes from the fact that we celebrate and honor Jesus’ generosity and hospitality first shared with us. Wherever you are in your theology or life, come check us out!
For more information about us, check out our various Find Your Place pages, like a map on our location page, what our worship is like, more info about our activities for children and youth, and a convenient contact us form. In addition to worship, we are rapidly expanding our small group options. We have members who participate in our church’s bell choir, our pub ministry, and a Wednesday bible study. In April, we are launching more groups – stay tuned for info on those!
I hope to see you this Easter!