The Fall of Jerusalem

[1]The Arch of Titus is a 1st-century AD triumphal arch found in Rome. Architecturally it has provided the general model for many triumphal arches erected since the 16th century including the most famous one, the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, France. It was constructed in c. 82 AD by the Emperor Domitian shortly after the death of his older brother Titus to commemorate Titus’s victories, including the Siege of Jerusalem (70 AD.) Titus was the Roman Emperor who sacked Jerusalem and destroyed its Temple, bringing to an end the Second Temple Era of Judaism. This event radically altered the state of the Jewish people and in a sense they have never since fully recovered. [2]There is a tableau on the arch depicting this catastrophic event which has now been digitally restored and can be seen in the video below. Continue reading “The Fall of Jerusalem”

Creation in the Biblical Worldview

Here are some helpful articles from from BioLogos that give insight into what the creation narratives of Genesis mean. Continue reading “Creation in the Biblical Worldview”

Singleness: A Biblical Perspective

Sam Allberry is an editor for The Gospel Coalition, a global speaker for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, and a pastor based in Maidenhead, UK. In this workshop, Sam presents a biblical case for singleness while correcting some common misconceptions about singleness that exist in the church. Continue reading “Singleness: A Biblical Perspective”

The Dragon or the Lamb

Over a year ago, I had a series of conversations with a friend of mine on the issue of power. We didn’t intend to talk about it but that was where the discussion led and it was very enlightening. Continue reading “The Dragon or the Lamb”

Is Easter pagan in origin?

BIG Questions

It pops up repeatedly on social media this time each year.

A graphic on Facebook proclaims that “Easter was originally the celebration of Ishtar, the Assyrian and Babylonian goddess of fertility.”

A meme on Twitter touts, “The real reason Easter exists: meet the Germanic goddess Eostre, her existence began with the Anglo-Saxon Pagans.”

Attempt to fact-check suchclaims via the internet, and you’ll find as many contradicting “historical facts” as you’ll find fish in the Aquarium where I work. (Even dictionaries and other purveyors of etymology can’t seem to agree on the origins of the word “Easter.”)

So didpagan cults celebrate something called “Easter” prior to Christianity?

Ultimately, the answer to that question really doesn’t matter. Because, regardless of what title we assign to this coming Sunday, the BIGGER question is this: “did the resurrection of Jesus Christ that Christians celebrate on Sunday actually happen?”

“But Matt,” a skeptic may…

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