Detroit Lakes United Methodist Church
Thursday, May 24, 2018

 

 

    I just finished reading 11/22/63, Stephen King's novel about the assassination of President Kennedy. It led me to some interesting research by a communication professor named Bradley Greenberg.
     
On Friday, November 22, 1963, at 12:30pm President John F. Kennedy was shot while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas. Greenberg discovered that within sixty minutes, nine out of ten American adults knew the President had been shot. Even more remarkable, 40% of Americans knew the bad news within fifteen minutes, and 70% knew within a half-hour. Decades before the internet, before 24-hour news television, the news traveled fast. In fact, in Greenberg’s extensive survey, the last survey participant to hear that the President had been shot found out three hours after the event.

     Bad news, it seems, travels fast.

     What about good news? Did you know many Americans have never heard about the greatest event in human history, the resurrection of Jesus Christ? You would think that after almost two thousand years, the resurrection would be old news. Yet recent research by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life says that almost one in five Americans claim no religious identity. There are more “Nones” in America than Southern Baptists, who were ranked second behind the largest denomination in America, the Roman Catholics. (With just less than eight million members, the United Methodist Church is the third largest denomination in America.)

     The Easter season began in April and will continue until Pentecost on May 19. As Easter People, we should be particularly intentional about sharing the good news of the resurrection during this special time of the year. After gaining the credibility to be believed by living lives of compassion and integrity, we must boldly tell Doubting Thomases about our personal experiences with the risen Lord.

     The good news of the resurrection liberates those oppressed by fear and sadness. Job one for disciples is proclaiming that good news until “at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.” (Philippians 2:10).

 
Pastor Brenda
    

 

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8:15am Sunday: Holy Grounds
Worship
with Kids Corner
 
10:00am Sunday:
Heritage Worship
& Adventure Kids
 
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Nursery Available
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