All four of the Gospels tell about the resurrection of Jesus:

Matthew 28
Mark 16
Luke 24
John 20.

Paul addresses some resurrection skeptics in 1 Corinthians 15: 12-57.

There are many more passages in both Old and New Testaments about resurrection. If you’d like to explore the texts, follow this link .

What does resurrection mean to you… and for you?

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“My cousin in Srilanka lost her life in Dec 2004 when the tsunami struck. When I got the news that massive waves came and swept her away, I was upset and sad but after, I realized that through resurrection we will all meet again.”


Emily Thevathasan, Church Choir member

“Every day, I make the decision to believe in the Resurrection…to believe in God and his goodness, to believe that God’s love is stronger than any circumstance, negative thought, or evil in the world.”


                                    Erin Mitchell, 20-Somethings member

By Barbara Booth

For me, writing can be a joyous birth experience – but the pleasure comes only after the baby is born! The labor contractions, at times, can be overwhelming. I certainly experienced this type of birth in writing the cover story for this magazine.

I got input for the article by emailing the following prompt to a number of church members (diverse in age, race, and life focus):

Resurrection is often understood as a past or future event. As a believer, what impact does Resurrection have on your present – your daily life? How does Resurrection affect your professional life, or any other areas of your life? What hope does it bring, even in difficult times?

A few replies came in immediately. Others slowly trickled in as the deadline approached. Pressure built. I prayed and checked out books on the topic of resurrection. I filed the incoming emails into a folder. I innocently stumbled onto the intriguing writings of John Spong – who gave a lifetime of study and writing to the topic of resurrection. He sparked much “resurrection thinking” for me.

The night before the deadline, I sat down to finalize the writing. Although I was still waiting for replies, the deadline would not wait. So I typed and typed. I cut and cut, respecting the parameters of the assignment. Less is more, I reminded myself.

I emailed a couple of prompts in hopes of getting more responses – but finished writing. It was about 10:00 p.m., and I headed off for a hot bath. The article was written, but I lacked the joy I wanted to feel. Something just wasn’t right.

I slept peacefully for a solid eight hours and rose for a brisk 6 a.m. walk. During that walk, new words and phrases were born. I sensed a resurrection in the task before me. Not much was required in tweaking the responses from FBC folks. What I needed to do was to change the framework of the article. I looked to Spong for inspiration. One thing that stood out for me was his emphasis on the difference between Sabbath and Sunday. Easter is so focused on the Sunday event, but I wanted to explore what happens after Sunday is over. A new title emerged: Resurrection on Tuesday Afternoon.

While eating breakfast, I hovered once again over my computer. This time there was more excitement in my writing. My fingers could not keep up with my thoughts. A final email popped up. I eagerly inserted it into the body of the article. More cutting. More stress.

By the afternoon, I had time to email the article. It felt right this time, somehow. And as I prepared to hit the “send” button, it dawned on me that I too was experiencing resurrection on a Tuesday afternoon.

By Barbara B. Booth (bbbooth@vcu.edu)

Christian tradition depicts resurrection as brilliant sunrises and empty graves – a masterpiece of color, light and bright tomorrows. Our local tradition expresses resurrection in a hat-wearin’, hymn-singin’, egg-hidin’, Sunday-go-to-meetin’ sort of way.

Such a focus on a Sunday celebration was one of the profound impacts of Christ’s resurrection. The Jewish Sabbath had been a solemn religious tradition. But the Christian Sunday became a time of festivity and celebration. Sunday was not the same as Sabbath. “It was special, dramatic, a new holy day, a new worship tradition.” *

Believers anticipate this new holy day: this Resurrection Sunday. We find ourselves seeking the annual experience of corporate worship and majestic music, reminding our spirits and our bodies once again that death is always overcome by life.

But after the organ is silenced, the church doors locked and the Easter grass begins to settle, what next? What does Resurrection mean when we move out of Sunday into Monday and the rest of the week?

Members of First Baptist Church, diverse in background, age and focus, know what resurrection looks like, even on Tuesday afternoon.

David Joyner works as a pilot. He experiences Christ’s presence through an instrument in the airplane. This receiver uses two needles that provide horizontal and vertical alignment to a spot on the runway. When flying correctly, the two needles form a cross. David trusts this cross as a guide for safe landing in the midst of a storm, low fuel or personal exhaustion.

Through her recent involvement at FBC, new member Raylene Harton understands resurrection as the chance to begin again in any relationship. She believes that “through Christ’s resurrection, I can move the kingdom closer to my little part of the world through my family and friends.”

Sam Jordan thinks it’s really cool to think about what resurrection means personally – outside of what happened at Easter. Sam’s past perspective was based solely on his personal goals and desires. Before his resurrection-al paradigm shift, he knew that healthcare administration was the path for him; however, he struggled to understand how he could further God’s Kingdom on earth. “Focusing on my spiritual journey has begun to open my eyes to meaning in my work …in my relationships with others and more importantly, my relationship with Jesus Christ.”

When Milagritos Flinn lost her first baby last November, she realized that God was preparing her and molding her in such a difficult circumstance. In her pain, Millie allowed God to be with her. “God was telling me, ‘I am your God, and I am your resurrection.’”

Gail Markham, now retired, thinks of resurrection in the present tense – as an experience of awakening, one she sensed in making a pottery communion chalice for the FBC Deaf Congregation. Gail describes this resurrection experience as one opportunity to share God’s kingdom on earth.

Stephanie Whittington sometimes gets discouraged for her young children when she watches the news or hears about the state of the world today. However, she knows that Jesus provides hope and a bright future. Stephanie, a recently ordained deacon at FBC, believes every moment to be a resurrection gift of grace.

Bud Hamilton pays attention to resurrection. He often contemplates it, remembering his wife Edith, with whom he shared life for more than sixty-four years. “As I approach the same point in my life, I look forward to similar circumstances. However, knowing nothing of the time or what will actually happen, I look forward to being surprised by God.”

These fellow believers are risking, reconciling, recreating, rethinking, and remembering. They are living out resurrection, even on Tuesday afternoon.

*John Shelby Spong, The Easter Moment (New York: The Seabury Press, 1980), p. 75.