Let’s take a break from politics this morning. “Eighty and six years I have served Him, and He has done me no wrong,” said Polycarp, Bishop of Smyrna, in AD 156 before climbing onto a pyre where Roman authorities would burn him to death. Eyewitnesses reported the local authorities respected Polycarp and begged him to recant his faith in Christ. He would not. The Romans did not even tie Polycarp to a post because they knew he would not flee the fire. Polycarp fed his captors, prayed over them, then climbed the pyre to die.
Erick - I subscribed to your newsletters (paid) because I appreciate your balance of common sense in assessing politics and your faith and I’d like to help you continue to do so. I’d like to forward posts like this one to my family and friends - but I am afraid that they will have read some of your rants... the ones with language (****) and needless imagery (having to do with dogs and legs) - and I would be afraid that side of your public rant posting would poison their reception of your well written presentations of the gospel. One does impact and negate the other - the good doesn’t make the bad okay but the bad ruins the good. Sincerely, Tom
Wonderful apologetics, Erick. Thank you so much. Have a blessed Christmas. I pray that your radio "ministry" will expand exponentially.
Wisdom is vindicated by her works. I’m
So glad I believe. I know the end of the story and look forward to the resurrection and the life everlasting.
Jesus of Nazareth was one of the great teachers humankind because he led not just with words but with his actions. Those teachings and actions became the foundation of morality and ethics in what is commonly called Western civilization. Getting into that position was not easy as Erick Erickson's short essay shows us Bravo!!!
That is a great piece you have written! The baby in a cattle stall grew to be put to death by horrid crucifixion, but the grave could not hold Him and He lives to give us life eternaql!!
Thanks for the much needed break from politics and the virus. I love this reminder you give us each Easter. It’s very fitting during Advent too. Merry Christmas to you and to my fellow readers.
Oh, to forever be in His presence! Psalm 51: 10-12
It is true. Jesus the Christ is risen from his death at the hands of Roman soldiers, provoked by the insistence of religious people of his day, in league with Roman powermongers.
Furthermore, Jesus is Lord, and manifests his presence as the Holy Spirit in the lives of all who believe in Him, including me, you Erick, and anyone else who is willing to believe.
Question. re: this phrase in you blog above: ". . .Paul and others as eyewitnesses to Christ’s resurrection."
Was Paul's eyewitness that encounter on the Damascus road? Or did he see Jesus in Jerusalem earlier?
The best argument for believing in the divinity of Jesus I've ever read.
Beautifully written! Thank you and Happy Christmas.
In Jesus Christs name, Amen.. Thank you Eric - much needed.
Thanks for this morning's devotion.