Day 8: Resurrection
At a Glance
Dr. Douglas Campbell, Associate Professor of New Testament
Exodus 14:10-14,21-25;15:20-21; Psalm 118:1-214-24; 1 Corinthians 15:3-23; Luke 24:1-35
Reflections on the Lecture
"The Lord is risen indeed!" said the 11 disciples in Jerusalem to those who had encountered Jesus en route to Emmaus. So also have we been saying and hearing here at DYA today. Today we reflected upon and reveled in the resurrection of our crucified King, being led in our plenary session by Dr. Douglas Campbell. Walking us through a number of biblical passages, Dr. Campbell expounded on the centrality of the resurrection to our faith. We saw from Romans 1:1-3 and Psalm 2 that it was precisely by Jesus' resurrection that God "appointed" him the King of Israel and, therefore, King of kings. Then, looking at 1 Corinthians 15, we meditated upon the implications of the materiality of our coming resurrected bodies. Or as Dr. Campbell said, "When you are resurrected, you get a body. Get used to it." Finally, looking to Romans 6, Dr. Campbell introduced the notion of "inaugurated eschatology:" the idea that the world and life God promises us in the future is, even now, breaking into our present – first in our baptisms and subsequently in the Spirit's transforming work in our lives.
“Can you get tatts [tattoes] on your spiritual body? Hmmm…” — Dr. Campbell, on the nature of the bodily resurrection
“Why is it that we have few problems with being heralds of bad news and, yet, are so hesitant to proclaim the Good News?” — Rev. Shane Benjamin in evening worship
“Look to the risen Christ and to live victoriously so that we continue kicking the devil's butt.” — Rev. Shane Benjamin, reminding us that truth and justice are to be sought in Jesus
This morning our prayer took on a joyful note as we turned our eyes toward Christ’s resurrection. After plenary, we returned to worship workshops as students prepare to lead worship during the rest of the week. In the afternoon, students explored their third Arts Village, while in the evening, we shared table fellowship with Urban Hope, a non-profit youth organization working in the Walltown neighborhood of Durham. The resurrection theme was brought home by our worship and the Rev. Shane Benjamin's soul-stirring sermon at evening worship.
Tomorrow we welcome Dr. Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics, as our morning speaker on the topic of Life in the Spirit: The Church as Witness. It promises to be an enlivening and challenging plenary! In the afternoon, we’ll immerse ourselves again in prayer as we explore different Christian prayer traditions before our first student-led worship service tomorrow night.