The Riddle of Jesus (RJS)

I’ve been slowly working through The God of Hope and the End of the World by John Polkinghorne and Surprised by Scripture by N. T. Wright.  The books converged this week as I read Polkinghorne’s chapter on The Resurrection of Jesus and Wright’s chapter Can a Scientist Believe in the Resurrection?.  It is a little [Read More…]

The Most Neglected Chapter in the 4-Chapter Life of Jesus

“If we regard the resurrection as simply a kind of certificate of authenticity for the atonement and sterling evidence for life beyond the grave, we have sold the resurrection [ahem, the gospel] short.” So Mike Bird, in Evangelical Theology, 435-436. Which leads me to an opening question for this post: If we factor in the resurrection, [Read More…]

The Good, Bad and Ugly about Christian Eschatology

Many of us are just turned off when anyone wants to write or talk about “eschatology.” I know I usually am, and here’s why: I grew up RaptureWorld where Christian eschatology was about the Rapture, about Jesus’ returning (almost)  to earth to snatch up genuine Christians, which didn’t include most who said they were Christians. [Read More…]

The Reality of the Resurrection (RJS)

One of the biggest hurdles to orthodox Christian belief in our world today is affirmation of the bodily resurrection of Jesus as historical reality. After all we know better than this. Isn’t it a much more reasonable and enlightened approach to realize that the empty tomb is a myth – and the resurrection appearances hallucination, [Read More…]

Signs of Resurrection?

Are there any signs of resurrection in your home or in your church or at your parachurch organization? Signs of the cross? Why is there so little art about the resurrection?  But Ross Clifford and Philip Johnson, in their important study, The Cross is Not Enough, believe there are signs of the resurrection in both popular [Read More…]

Orthodoxy’s Postage Stamp

Christian orthodoxy’s postage stamp is that the resurrection occurred. What really matters, the letter or the envelope, is the crucifixion. We argue intelligently and vociferously and annually (at Easter) that the resurrection occurred, we denounce those who say it didn’t happen, and we applaud those who defend it in apologetics. And it matters enormously for our [Read More…]

Evangelicalism’s Crucifix Problem

No event in the life of Jesus, no event in the plan of God, no event in the saving work of Christ, no doctrine, no belief, no line in the creed has been more eclipsed than the resurrection. In fact, it can be said that however much Protestantism protested Catholic theology from the Reformation on, [Read More…]

A Brief Defense of the Resurrection

C. Michael Patton‘s got a brief, but dense, defense of the resurrection, leading him to this conclusion: Considering the internal and external arguments for the resurrection of Christ, I don’t ask anyone to look to one of these lines of evidence alone, but to consider the cumulative case. It is very impressive. If the resurrection [Read More…]

The Future Now

The resurrection of King Jesus is about the church. So claims Matt Levering in his book Jesus and the Demise of Death. I am sometimes surprised how rarely theologians, pastors, and lay folks talk about the principal enemy in the Bible: death (a tool and design of the Satan) is the enemy and life is the [Read More…]

Out of Body Experience

From (by Mario Beauregard) What do you think this sort of experience tells us about immortality? resurrection? theology? Pam was brought into the operating room at 7:15 a.m., she was given general anesthesia, and she quickly lost conscious awareness. At this point, Spetzler and his team of more than 20 physicians, nurses, and technicians [Read More…]