Far too many preachers stumble into the celebration of Easter without doing our homework. Resurrection is a central tenant of the Christian faith and Easter is the primary celebration of resurrection and yet, too many of us fail to open ourselves to current scholarship surrounding the doctrine of resurrection. Questions about the nature of the resurrection ought to send us back to the words of the Apostle Paul. Bernard Brandon Scott is a charter member of the Jesus Seminar. His book “The Trouble with Resurrection” is a must read for those who preach during the Easter Season.
If you are planning to write a sermon or listen to a sermon this Easter, this video provides essential background information about the words of the Apostle Paul on the nature of the resurrection which may surprise you. Scott’s treatment of 1 Cor. 15 provides a new understanding of resurrection which is compelling as well as liberating.
Is there a written format for the sermon on what Paul meant about the resurrection? It is hard to hear the video presentation. I’d like to learn about this as Palm Sunday and Easter are coming up, and it would be an appropriate time to learn something more about the resurrection.
The best written account is found in Prof Scott’s book “The Trouble with Resurrection” which you can easily download from Kindle. I have written a sermon on resurrection which unpacks some of this material which you can find here: http://pastordawn.com/2015/04/02/preparing-to-preach-on-resurrection-giving-up-the-notion-of-a-physical-resuscitation-2/