Lee Strobel

Atheist turned Christian, Lee Strobel is the author of “The Case for Easter.”

Easter may look different this year because of social distancing guidelines due to the coronavirus pandemic, but one thing never changes: the hope brought to all of us by a risen Savior.

With services on Good Friday and Easter Sunday, Southeast Christian Church will be worshiping exclusively at SE Online as one church in thousands of locations, connected together online.

“Our world is in desperate need of the hope of Christ and His message of new life in the midst of such chaos, confusion and destruction,” Senior Pastor Kyle Idleman said. “I can’t think of a better invitation, or an easier invite than to give a friend or neighbor an opportunity to hear of the unshakable hope we have in Jesus regardless of the circumstances of the world.”

Idleman’s Easter Sunday, April 12, message, titled “Graves Into Gardens,” will feature a special interview with Lee Strobel, author of “The Case for Easter.”

An atheist turned Christian, Strobel investigated Jesus’ life while legal editor at The Chicago Tribune. Attempting to disprove the existence of Jesus after his wife accepted Christ, Strobel’s 21-month investigation led him to faith in 1981.

“Even though I was an atheist, I immediately honed in on the resurrection as being the linchpin of the Christian faith,” said Strobel last year in an interview with The Outlook. “Ultimately, I knew if Jesus returned from the dead, then He is who He claimed to be, and if He is the Son of God, then He’s correct about what He says about God. The dominoes all sort of fall over.”

Strobel detailed his investigation in his best-selling book, “The Case for Christ,” published in 1998.

Southeast Easter Sunday live services may be viewed at 9:15 and 11:30 a.m. and 2 and 8 p.m. on Facebook, YouTube and at online.southeastchristian.org.

For Good Friday, April 10, Idleman will preach a sermon titled “Reverse the Curse” at 7 p.m.

“Jesus came to reverse the curse of sin and shame. Jesus came to right wrongs. Jesus came to show us the beauty of living in God’s intentions for us,” Idleman said. “The curse separated us from God and from one another, but Jesus is the one who brings us back into right relationship with God, and ultimately right relationship with one another. We reverse the curse when our words, our actions, our very lives give people a taste of the new life we find in Jesus.”