Reflections from Lecture
Today, Dr. Warren Smith lectured on the Resurrection, which he explained is dogmatic (non-negotiable) rather than adiaphora (agree to disagree) for Christian belief. Arguing that the bodily resurrection of Jesus is the third act following the Incarnation and Crucifixion in the salvation narrative of Christ, he emphasized the importance of discussing “why” of the Resurrection rather than “how” (which is a phenomenological mystery). He explained that he implications of Christ’s resurrection inform how we live now and shapes our anticipation of bodily resurrection after death. Receiving a new humanity through Christ the “new Adam” by virtue of Baptism, we both share in his death and in Christ’s rising, knowing that death continues to affect nature, but does not have the last word.
“Christ’s resurrection is a paradigmatic sign for all of us inaugurated into a new humanity through Baptism.”
“Death teaches us that we are not self-sufficient, that we are contingent beings. We need not fear death because hope is the lens that we look at death with, knowing that it does not have the last word. Even death has a place in God’s plan.”
“Gregory of Nyssa said that ‘Death is a part of God’s healing purposes.’ Death is not an end but a tool akin to chemotherapy. We don’t want to go through it but it is necessary for healing.”
“Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia!
Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like him, like him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!”
-Charles Wesley, “Christ the Lord is Risen Today”
Students encountered their fourth (and penultimate) Arts Village session, exploring sacred dance, praying with clay, painting and lectio divina or biblical storytelling. After gathering for our Duke Youth Academy group photo, we were served a dinner by Mt. Level Baptist Church. Our evening worship at Goodson was a Baptist service with a full gospel choir. Rev. Lisa Yebuah preached an animated sermon on the Resurrection, encouraging us to “stand in front of our tombs” and “to remember that the Resurrection proves that all of God’s words can be held true.”
Submitted by Julie Hamilton, Mentor