Easter is always the 1st Sunday after the 1st full moon after the Spring Equinox (which is March 20). This dating of Easter is based on the lunar calendar that Hebrew people used to identify Passover, which is why it moves around on our Roman calendar. Found out a couple of things you might be interested in! Based on the above, Easter can actually be one day earlier (March 22) but that is pretty rare. This year is the earliest Easter any of us will ever see the rest of our lives! And only the most elderly of our population have ever seen it this early (95 years old or above!). And none of us have ever, or will ever, see it a day earlier! Here are the facts: 1) The next time Easter will be this early (March 23) will be the year 2228 (220 years from now). The last time it was this early was 1913 (so if you’re 95 or older, you are the only ones that were around for that!). 2) The next time it will be a day earlier, March 22, will be in the year 2285 (277 years from now). The last time it was on March 22 was 1818. So, no one alive today has or will ever see it any earlier than this year!

Jan Bolt

What’s Your Point?

Jesus told a lot of stories — the parables — still fascinate people – most of these are about the “Kingdom of God” – the primary metaphor used by Jesus to disorient his listeners in order to re-orient them to a new and abundant life!

I think it is Frederick Buechner who said that, “The gospel is always bad news before it is good news.”  The parables are one way that Jesus gently breaks the good news that things are not the way you thought them to be — that in fact they are a great deal better in the long run. In the short run we will need to die. Oh, that again – but as sure as taxes and death – we shall not escape the mortality of our life.  No, we are saved out of our death not our success.

Robert Farrar Capon taught me that. He is ruthless about grace and I’m glad. 

I commend his writings to you highly but with the warning that you will not escape the reading unscathed.