Monday, November 15, 2004

Zombies In The Bible

I grew up going to church and Sunday School every week, so I tend to be amazed when I hear about something "crazy" in the Bible that I never ever picked up on before.

I am reading a book ("Once Upon A Tree") and the author mentioned Jesus' crucifixion and the curtain in the temple being torn in half, the earth shaking, and the sky turning black. He then went on to mention dead people coming out of their graves and walking the earth again.

I had to stop and re-read that a couple of times. I don't know about you, but I NEVER heard about that last part before. At first I thought I had read it incorrectly and he was referring to the end times or maybe even back to Lazarus.

I grabbed my Bible and started searching the gospels for the account of Jesus' death and lo and behold I found it. It's only mentioned in the book of Matthew but there it was(Mt 27:51-53 for those of you keeping score at home).

"At that moment the curtain of the temples was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus' resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people."

How did I never hear about this before? Who were the holy people? What did they do? How long did they run around before they dropped dead again? Yeah, I know the focus isn't the dead people but about Christ on the cross, but I definitely want more information on THIS. It's just so bizarre to me!

Has anyone else also been deprived of this story growing up? I definitely think I would have remembered something like this, but for some reason I never picked up on it before. I know sometimes you'll be reading the Bible and pick up on something you never noticed before and you'll get a revelation of sorts. But why is the topic of dead people walking around jumping out at me now?

Friday, November 12, 2004

Keeping Up With The Joneses

Yesterday I got a chance to hang out with my good buddy John Jones from back home in Indiana. We've known each other since the 1st grade. We grew up hanging out together a lot and I still recall performing each year in the elementary talent shows doing Abbott & Costello's "Who's On First".

I haven't had a chance to hang with John in who knows how long. I saw him a few years ago at our 5-year reunion but we didn't get to really "hang out" hang out. John's workplace sent him down here to Nashville for a convention this week and yesterday we were able to get together and catch up. I drove him around and showed him the Nashville sight (like there's more than one sight to see here) and introduced him to the wonder that is Baja Burrito.

It was really good to see John again. It was refreshing. Hopefully I'll be able to see him again before another ten years goes by.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

The Year Of Ed

I'll be 34 in about a week, and let me tell you, as I look back I realize that 33 sucked big time. I remember when I turned 33 I was all excited because, you know, 33 was kind of a big year for Jesus and I wondered what this magical age had in store for me. After all is said in done, I feel like I've gone through a crucifixion or two of my own.

And I'm ready for 34. It's not that I'm ready for 33 to be OVER, but I'm ready for how good I know 34 is going to be. I'm ready for 34 to be a good year; to be the total inverse opposite of the age that I shall heretofore refer to as The Evil Age Of 33.

34 is going to rock. Really. I'm all set and I'm putting things into action.

34 is going to kick 33's butt.