An Oklahoma City pastor and his staff met to consider a question that comes up every year: How could they spread the Easter message in a way that touches the heart of the community?
The Rev. Ted Miller and his congregation at Crossroads Church, 8901 S Shields, decided the answer would come from the community itself.
They are asking community members to go to a specially created website, jesusisgreaterthan.com, to share the many ways Christ has affected their lives.
Through the church’s Easter initiative called “Jesus Is Greater Than,” people are posting the various troubles and life issues they have overcome with Jesus’ help, including divorce, miscarriage, car problems, broken dreams and drugs.
One person said Jesus is greater than an F5 tornado, no doubt referring to the May 2013 tornadoes that pummeled several Oklahoma cities.
Miller said he has been encouraged by the public’s response. He said congregation members have been telling people about the website and wearing T-shirts promoting it, but the public is also learning about the outreach through yard signs and billboards around the metro area.
“We were praying and asking God for a good idea that would reach out to people, and people have responded. They said, ‘He’s helped me on my job. He’s helped me with my marriage,’” Miller said.
“All the things we experience in life — Jesus is the answer.”
Some of the postings, such as “Apple” and “American Idol,” are less serious but seem to indicate the notion that even things that are culturally popular are not more significant than Christ.
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•What: Easter egg hunts.
•When: 11 a.m. April 12.
•Where: Crossroads Church, 8901 S Shields; Merrel Medley Park, 11100 S Pennsylvania; Mackleman Park, 5501 Mackleman Drive; Goodholm Park, 2701 N Robinson in the Jefferson Park neighborhood.
•Easter worship: 10:30 a.m. April 20 at the church.