“Church is the appointed gathering of named people in particular places who practice a life of resurrection in a world in which death gets the biggest headlines: death of nations, death of civilization, death of marriage, death of careers, obituaries without end. Death by war, death by murder, death by accident, death by starvation. Death by electric chair, injection and hanging. The practice of resurrection is an intentional, deliberate decision to believe and partciate in resurrection life, life out of death, life that trumps death, life that is the last word. Jesus Life…”
Resurrection isn’t just an event that happened in the story of Jesus in the distant past or an event that will take place in distant future on the Final Day. It is rather a story that is happening in the here and now. I love this quote from The Message author Eugene Peterson who correctly encourages us not just to believe in the resurrection but also practice it!
So what does it mean to practice the resurrection?