Celebrating Easter With Your Blog

Shadow of Jesus on cross

The Christian calendar presents a wonderful opportunity to share your faith with your readers.

I have found that—even though some of my readers may not be Christians—most of them celebrate Christian holidays in a "secular" manner. What a great opportunity to tell them more about the true meaning behind the holidays (while encouraging your Christian readers, too).

A highlight of the Christian calendar, Easter is April 4 this year. Make plans now to include special Easter-related posts during the days leading up to the observation of Christ's death, burial, and resurrection.

Scripture is so rich with details of the events surrounding Easter. Simply focusing on the Biblical account is a great way to inform and educate your readers.

Celebrate Easter on Your Blog by Re-telling the Bible Story

Use your blog to re-tell the events of Christ's last week by:

  • Planning posts for each day of the week, using Scripture references to outline Jesus' final days.
  • Using the different gospel accounts to compare/contrast details about Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection.
  • Having a movie marathon. Post clips from the various accounts on your blog and tell the story through film.
  • Asking your pastor or Bible study teacher or another guest to write a post on the events of Holy Week.
  • Posting a Bible study, outlining the Old Testament Scriptures that foreshadow Christ's death and resurrection.
  • Researching and writing about the medical account of how Christ would have died by crucifixion (a terribly painful thing to read but also important at understanding the sacrifice of our Lord).

How will you incorporate Easter into your blog this year?

Tomorrow, we'll look at celebrating Easter on your blog with arts and crafts ideas. Later in the week, we'll discuss sharing Easter recipes and family traditions with your readers.

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Bible Based Wordpress Plugins

Hey Christian bloggers I have a question for you.  Are you blogging the bible? For those of us who blog about Christian and faith related topics it is easy for us to do so.  We quote scripture in almost every post.  For those who do not, it can be as simple as just adding you favorite Bible verse to your header, sidebar, or footer.  For you bloggers that use Wordpress as your blogging platform I have found some pretty neat Bible based plugins that make it easy for you to include Bible verses on your blog.

  1. Favorite Bible Verse - This plugin allows you to random display a list of your favorite Bible verses.  In the admin panel for the plugin you add you favorite Bible verses and it will automatically display them for you randomly on your blog.
  2. Bible Verse 1.0 - This WordPress plugin lets you search for and embed Bible passages directly onto your blog post.
  3. Bible Text - This plugin automatically adds the full text of any Bible passage to your Wordpress post/page in your choice of Bible version and language.
  4. Bible Reading Plan - This plugin places a different Bible passage in your sidebar each day. It takes you through the Bible in a year.
  5. The Holy Scripturizer - Scripturizer uses PHP-based filtering to automatically convert Bible references in your posts, pages, and comments into hyperlinks which point to major online Bible websites, such as the Bible Gateway, NET Bible, the ESV Bible, and others.
  6. eBibleicious - After installing and configuring the plugin options you just continue blogging and all posts past, present and future with Bible references in them will be linked to eBible.com.
  7. WP-Bible - WP-Bible searches your posts and pages for any reference to a Bible passage and converts the reference to an actual biblical text - which can be any of the 38 translations (in 14 different languages) that you can see at BIBLIJA.net.

Those of you on Blogger don't worry.  Next week I will have a post all about how you can add Bible verses easily to your blog too.