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The Characters of Easter

with Dan Darling

The Characters of Easter Episodes
The Executioners: Who Were the Romans?
March 03, 2021 - 26 min
The time that Jesus was born, lived and died in was established and set in motion largely by the Roman Empire. So what should Christians know about the Roman Empire to help us understand the story of Easter? In this episode, Dan helps us see how understanding Rome and the Romans unlocks our own understanding of the Easter Story. Characters of Easter Resources: To find resources for your church or Bible study, check out: https://danieldarling.com/books/characters-of-easter/ Follow Dan: | | | Episode Image art and podcast cover art design have been adapted from the original Moody Publishers book cover. Used with permission.
The Secret Disciples: Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea
March 02, 2021 - 24 min
Today, in the West, it might be hard to imagine what it means to have to keep our faith a secret. But there are two secret disciples in the Easter story - Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea. They enjoyed power and prestige among the religious elite - but had to keep their love for Jesus quiet. In this episode, Dan helps us understand how courage looks different on different people in different situations. By including these men in the Easter story, God shows us how he works in mysterious ways to accomplish his purposes in the world. Characters of Easter Resources: To find resources for your church or Bible study, check out: https://danieldarling.com/books/characters-of-easter/ Follow Dan: | | | Episode Image art and podcast cover art design have been adapted from the original Moody Publishers book cover. Used with permission.
The Witnesses: The Women of Easter
March 01, 2021 - 22 min
Today it might not seem so strange that women were the first to see the empty tomb of Jesus or that women were the first ones to announce the empty tomb to the rest of Jesus’ followers. But in the Greco-Roman world, women were not the messengers the world trusted to bear important news. And yet, the gospels record women beholding and telling, seeing and sharing, weeping and waiting. In this episode, we’ll look at the 5 women of Easter, who witnessed the death and resurrection of Christ. Characters of Easter Resources: To find resources for your church or Bible study, check out: https://danieldarling.com/books/characters-of-easter/ Follow Dan: | | | Episode Image art and podcast cover art design have been adapted from the original Moody Publishers book cover. Used with permission.
The Religious: The Pharisees, Scribes, and Sadducees
February 23, 2021 - 26 min
In The Characters of Easter, you’ll become acquainted with the unlikely collection of ordinary people who witnessed the miracle of Christ’s death and resurrection. In this episode, we look at the religious leaders of the day, the Pharisees, Scribes, and Sadducees. Many of us don’t really know who these people were, but that doesn’t keep us from not liking them and not wanting to be like them. As Dan looks at their role in the Easter story, we find more of ourselves in them than we would like to admit. Characters of Easter Resources: To find resources for your church or Bible study, check out: https://danieldarling.com/books/characters-of-easter/ Follow Dan: | | | Episode Image art and podcast cover art design have been adapted from the original Moody Publishers book cover. Used with permission.
The Doubter: Thomas
February 22, 2021 - 26 min
In The Characters of Easter, you’ll become acquainted with the unlikely collection of ordinary people who witnessed the miracle of Christ’s death and resurrection. In this episode, we look at Thomas, the disciple who is known for his doubts. In this episode, we'll also look at his certainty. Characters of Easter Resources: To find resources for your church or Bible study, check out: https://danieldarling.com/books/characters-of-easter/ Follow Dan: | | | Episode Image art and podcast cover art design have been adapted from the original Moody Publishers book cover. Used with permission.
The Powerless: Pilate
February 15, 2021 - 27 min
In The Characters of Easter, you’ll become acquainted with the unlikely collection of ordinary people who witnessed the miracle of Christ’s death and resurrection. In this episode, we look at Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor who presided over the trial of Jesus. Characters of Easter Resources: To find resources for your church or Bible study, check out: https://danieldarling.com/books/characters-of-easter/ Follow Dan: | | | Episode Image art and podcast cover art design have been adapted from the original Moody Publishers book cover. Used with permission.
The Rogue: Barrabas
February 10, 2021 - 16 min
In The Characters of Easter, you’ll become acquainted with the unlikely collection of ordinary people who witnessed the miracle of Christ’s death and resurrection. In this episode, we look at the one who betrayed Jesus. We'll look at him in a way you possibly haven't looked at him before. Characters of Easter Resources: To find resources for your church or Bible study, check out: https://danieldarling.com/books/characters-of-easter/ Follow Dan: | | | Episode Image art and podcast cover art design have been adapted from the original Moody Publishers book cover. Used with permission.
The Betrayer: Judas
February 09, 2021 - 20 min
In The Characters of Easter, you’ll become acquainted with the unlikely collection of ordinary people who witnessed the miracle of Christ’s death and resurrection. In this episode, we look at the one who betrayed Jesus. We'll look at him in a way you possibly haven't looked at him before. Characters of Easter Resources: To find resources for your church or Bible study, check out: https://danieldarling.com/books/characters-of-easter/ Follow Dan: | | | Episode Image art and podcast cover art design have been adapted from the original Moody Publishers book cover. Used with permission.
The Beloved: John
February 08, 2021 - 21 min
In The Characters of Easter, you’ll become acquainted with the unlikely collection of ordinary people who witnessed the miracle of Christ’s death and resurrection. In this episode, we look at one of Jesus' closest friends, the Beloved Apostle, John. Characters of Easter Resources: To find resources for your church or Bible study, check out: https://danieldarling.com/books/characters-of-easter/ Follow Dan: | | | Episode Image art and podcast cover art design have been adapted from the original Moody Publishers book cover. Used with permission.
The Failure: Peter
February 03, 2021 - 24 min
In The Characters of Easter, you’ll become acquainted with the unlikely collection of ordinary people who witnessed the miracle of Christ’s death and resurrection. In this episode, we look at the so-called failure of Easter, the Apostle Peter. Characters of Easter Resources: To find resources for your church or Bible study, check out: https://danieldarling.com/books/characters-of-easter/ Follow Dan: | | | Episode Image art and podcast cover art design have been adapted from the original Moody Publishers book cover. Used with permission.
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