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Have you ever noticed that even when God tells us what will happen, we still ended being surprised? There is no greater proof of that than Easter. Suffering heals. Sin is swallowed up by self-sacrifice. The gates of paradise are opened, even to those of us who are justly sentenced thieves or revolutionaries. Death gives way to life as we have never imagined it. His tomb -- and with it every tomb -- is empty.

So why, then, does the Christian life have a reputation for being dull and uninteresting? How can faith in a God who is always doing something new ever become irrelevant or old fashioned? How and why do those notions become the generally accepted narrative about Christianity when nothing could be further from the truth?

Our culture has become increasingly secularized and hostile to religious faith of all kinds. Yet while our society has changed a lot in the past twenty years, it seems most of the people in it haven't. The overwhelming majority of us still believe in a power greater than ourselves, as well as in some sort of life after death. We hang onto those beliefs even when we stop going to church; even when we give up on "traditional" moral values. That, to me, seems like the window that opens when the door slams shut.

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