In doing a search on Denis Avey, whose Holocaust story has been in the news a lot lately, I came across a video of Denis, and also an article about how Christian youth groups can use the Denis Avey story to learn about the Holocaust, while at the same time, learning about the Christian religion.
Here is a quote from the article, which you can read here,
The Bible tells us that Jesus did exactly what Denis did. He chose to put himself in a dangerous situation and swap places with those who were going to die. But unlike Denis, Jesus actually died on our behalf. [...] Theologians call this trading of places ‘Substitutionary Atonement’. It’s a complicated way of saying something very simple: Jesus died in our place.
The most interesting part of the article is the suggestion for a game that could be played by youth groups to learn about the Holocaust. Call me old-fashioned, but I don’t approve of role-playing games about the Holocaust. (more…)