Archive for April, 2010

The Ressurection… Real and Relevant

This week on the White Horse Inn, Mike Horton and the rest of the WHI crew discuss the reality and the relevance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  The 30-minute podcast version is worth listening too.  You can find it here.  In the “Listen Now” box click on “The Cross and Resurrection.”

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The Blessings of Studying Ancient History

For some it is quite easy to write off Christianity as myth, on par with the stories of Zeus, Athena, and Gilgamesh.  However, when we delve into the ancient worlds via the writings of historical figures we find words such as these from Irenaeus, who writes concerning his friend and mentor, Polycarp, who was himself a disciple of John the Apostle, the author of five New Testament books and eyewitness of the ministry of Jesus Christ.

I remember the events of those days more clearly than those which have happened recently, for what we learn as children grows up with the soul and becomes united to it, so I can speak even of the place in which the blessed Polycarp sat and disputed, how he came in and went out, the character of his life, the appearance of his body, the discourse which he made to the people, how he reported his converse with John [the apostle] and with the others who had seen the Lord, how he remembered their words, and what were the things concerning the Lord which he had heard from them, including his miracles and his teaching, and how Polycarp had received them from the eyewitnesses of the word of life, and reported all things in agreement with the Scriptures (H.E.V. xx. 5-6) {D.A. Carson, The Gospel According to John, (Eerdmans:  Grand Rapids, 1991), 26}

When we take the time to study such ancient history, the historic nature of the person and work of Jesus Christ is brought into increasingly sharp focus.  We are indeed surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses.  We do good to not ignore them.

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