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‘Good Friday’ Five: Suffering, Grief, and Hope

On Fridays, we bring you the week’s best from around the web. This week’s round-up focuses on grief, hope, and what Christ’s death and resurrection means for our everyday lives.

The Hinge of History Is Found in the Darkness of Good Friday and Holy Saturdayby Vincent Bacote, Institute for Faith, Work & Economics

Christ’s resurrection ought to inject hope into all the experiences we have in the world of work, including our cruciform disappointments and periods of perplexity. The victory of Christ even puts the best days in perspective, as none of our achievements are as great as the dead being raised.

Sufjan Stevens Considers Grief by Gracy Olmstead, The American Conservative

What we see in Stevens’ music is a negative of our culture’s rootlessness: an album that fleshes out the angst, the deep hunger for connection, the yearning for roots and heritage, the loss and resulting rebellion, that burn in our souls.

Common Good #10”: On this episode of the Common Good podcast, former Congressman Frank Wolf and Elyse Anderson discuss the plight of religious minorities in the Middle East.


If Christ Is Not Raisedby Jeff Robinson, The Gospel Coalition

If Christ is not raised, the consequences for a fallen world are catastrophic. The apostle Paul ponders that awful possibility in 1 Corinthians 15:12-22. If the resurrection is not true, then eight pillars that uphold the Christian faith crumble to dust. Good Friday becomes the true Black Friday.

What Christ’s Resurrection Means for How We Live and Work by Hugh Whelchel, Institute for Faith, Work & Economics

Our work is valuable because the fruits of our labor, having been redeemed and transformed, will carry over from this world to the world to come (even in ways we don’t completely understand).