Eight Thoughtful Resurrections Proofs

Luke, the physician turned historian, lays out the resurrection account with captivating simplicity. Read it carefully from the twenty-fourth chapter of his first historical narrative: But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they […]

Select Thoughts on 9/11

Politics and patriotism aside, we cannot forget 9/11. Consider the following reasons why: First, 9/11 is a vivid reminder to us all that there really is, despite prevailing cultural notions to the contrary, evil. Evil is real, and is a reality with which we must reckon. No matter where one stands politically with regard to George W. Bush, one thing […]

If Jesus Did Not Rise . . .

John 20:11-18 tells the story of Mary Magdalene who, upon discovering the empty tomb, is unsure of what has happened and is clearly panicked by the idea that the Lord has been “taken away” (John 20:13). First she must deal with Jesus’ death, and now the possibility that someone has stolen his body, perhaps as some cheap stunt. Whatever hope […]

A Dead Man’s Influence

While reading through the record of Israel’s assorted kings one happens upon a reference to one of Israel’s admired prophets. 2 Kings 13:20-21 offers this concise accounting of a very unusual event: So Elisha died, and they buried him. Now bands of Moabites used to invade the land in the spring of the year. And as a man was being […]

Jesus is Risen Indeed!

In chapter 16 of his gospel, Mark applies striking brushstrokes to the canvas that is the resurrection story. Among the inviting colors that he paints are the nervous lines of a handful of women uneasily approaching Jesus’ tomb. These ladies are undoubtedly filled with a mixture of apprehension and quiet resolve: the apprehension being that they face an uncertain future […]