Sunday, April 8, 2012

Resurection Resources

Here are three phenominal resources

Michal Horton of Modern Reformation and the White Horse Inn -Risen Indeed

Every Easter affords fresh opportunities for national news magazines to take up the question of Jesus’s resurrection. It’s difficult to point with any firmness to a “consensus” in Jesus scholarship any more than in other studies. Nevertheless, even liberals recognize (and lament) a trend in New Testament scholarship away from many of the “assured results” assumed by their predecessors only a generation ago.

Many factors have contributed to this more conservative trend, but two are worth mentioning.
First, there has been a trend toward earlier dating of the Gospel accounts, which undermines the critical presupposition that the most obvious reports of Jesus’s bodily resurrection and deity are later interpolations.
Second, especially since the last 40 years or so, there has been a trend toward placing Jesus in his Jewish milieu and this has led—generally speaking—to greater suspicion of the quite Gentile (Greek) biases that have dominated higher-critical (i.e., liberal) scholarship.
It’s helpful for us to return to the “facts of the case.” Here, speculation is useless. It does not matter what we thought reality was like: whether we believed in thirty gods or none. It doesn’t matter what we find helpful, meaningful, or fulfilling. This is not about spirituality or moral uplift. Something has happened in history and we cannot wish it away. It either happened or it didn’t happen, but the claim itself is hardly meaningless or beyond investigation.

Mars Hill Church: Mark Driscolls Sermon God Saves. This is part of the core sermons that made up his book doctrine. Reading the sermon or listening is as almost good as reading the book. Almost.

Resurrection is the doctrine that after dying on a cross, Jesus physically rose to life‚ conquering Satan, Sin, and Death. Jesus now sits on His throne as King. In this sermon, Pastor Mark Driscoll explores the Biblical and circumstantial evidence of Jesus’ bodily resurrection, then deals frankly with common objections to this doctrine.
From Dartmouth Apologia The Reality of the Resurrection: The Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus 

If Christ is risen, nothing else matters. And if Christ is not risen – nothing else matters. The final aphorism of the late Yale Professor of History, Jaroslav Pelikan, rightly encapsulates the significance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ...Far from a peripheral issue, the resurrection of Jesus stands at the very center of the Christian Gospel. As the Apostle Paul, the most prolific Christian missionary and New Testament writer recognized, If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile … If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. The entire Christian faith hinges on this question: Did Jesus, after suffering an agonizing and humiliating execution, in fact rise from the dead?

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