Ten Turning Points: Considering the Evidences for Jesus’ Resurrection

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference Last night I passed along five facts on which historians are solidly agreed. Jesus was crucified The disciples believed that Jesus appeared to them after his death Paul (Saul) was converted to faith in Christ after Jesus’ death Jesus’ half-brother James was likewise converted […]

Ten Turning Points: Evidences for the Resurrection

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference Easter is just over a week away, and the question comes up, is there evidence for Jesus’ Resurrection? The answer is absolutely, undeniably, yes, there is. Is there proof? The answer is an equally strong no. Much of the time we talk about evidences […]

Ten Turning Points: Some Objections to the Resurrection

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference Did Jesus rise from the dead? No other question in history matters as much. If Jesus came back as victor over the grave, then nothing else could be the same. No moral teaching, no philosophy, no government, no event in nature, nothing could have […]

Ten Turning Points: Jesus Rose From the Dead

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference It is the greatest turning point of them all. Nothing else could possibly compare. It turned days of desperate hopelessness into centuries of joyful celebration. It turned death upside down. Of this Christians are convinced: the resurrection of Jesus Christ is the greatest and […]

Ten Turning Points: Again, Why the Cross?

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference When Jesus died on the cross he did it for joy and for love. We saw that last time in this series. That doesn’t tell us much, though, about what was actually helpful about his dying.. Earlier in this series (here and here) we […]

Ten Turning Points: Why the Cross?

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference Why did Jesus die on the cross? Last time in this series I explored Bruce L. Shelley’s observation, “Christianity is the only major religion to have as its central event the humiliation of its God.” Why would God—why would any God—endure such a thing? […]

Ten Turning Points: The Humiliation of the Cross

From the series, Ten Turning Points That Make All the Difference “Christianity is the only major religion to have as its central event the humiliation of its God.” That’s the opening sentence in Bruce L. Shelley’s Church History in Plain Language. It sounds more like the end of a history than the beginning. Yet the […]