Day 8: Resurrection

Day 8: Resurrection

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As the second week of DYA continues we found ourselves discussing the biblical theme of resurrection.

At a Glance



Faculty Speaker:

Dr. J. Warren Smith, Associate Professor of Historical Theology

Lectionary Texts:

Exodus 14:10-14, 21-25, 15:20-21; Psalm 118:1-2, 14-24; 1 Corinthians 15:3-23; and Luke 24:1-35

Reflections on the Lecture

As the second week of DYA continues we found ourselves discussing the biblical theme of resurrection. Dr. Warren Smith highlighted the importance of Christ’s resurrection for us by suggesting that to neglect it is to do a great disservice to our own created bodies and being. Through the lens of the resurrection, Christians come to understand that death is not the final word over our existence; we are thus capable of being bold in our faithfulness knowing that we too will be resurrected in spirit and body. Since Christ has resurrected we now look toward the future with hope and expectation, forming our lives in accordance to God’s plan instead of a mere worldly agenda. Rev. Smith closed by answering questions related to sexuality and death in which he stated that the resurrection has ramifications for all aspects of our Christian livelihood and practice.


“Three days in the tomb, and does he have a case of the munchies?”
— Dr. Smith on why Jesus asks for dried fish in Luke 24:36-43

“If we are to have hope in the resurrection, then is it proper for us to grieve?”
— Question from a DYA student during plenary

“If God is constant, then why was there a need for him to be resurrected?”
— Overheard by a DYA student at dinner

Other Activities

Week two started off on a high note as we celebrated Christ’s resurrection with songs of praise in morning prayer. This afternoon was our fourth arts village session, which means that each group has visited each artist one time. On Thursday, students will have an opportunity to “go deeper” and return for a second session with the artist of their choosing. We enjoyed a delicious hospitality meal hosted by the Congregation at Duke Chapel. Tonight’s worship – an Easter vigil – was the first of three student-led services, with our own Rev. George Linney preaching and Rev. Andrew Thompson presiding at table. 

Looking Ahead

Tomorrow we’ll welcome Dr. Stanley Hauerwas, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor of Theological Ethics, in plenary on the topic of “Life in the Spirit: The Church as Witness.”  This plenary is always a crowd favorite and causes quite a discussion! In the afternoon we’ll explore our second prayer practice, then will welcome Rev. Lisa Yebuah and Rev. Melanie Dobson-Hughes in our second student-led evening worship service.  Stay tuned!