Monday, April 1, 2013

Contending for Easter, Part 8 of 8 - Why Canadians Still Need Easter (by Jojo Ruba)

Contending for Easter is an 8-part blog series published by the Canadian Apologetics Coalition, a group of Canadian bloggers interested in proclaiming and defending the truthfulness of Christianity.  Part I (by Tim Barnett) established the centrality and testability of the resurrection within Christian faith.  Part II (by me) argued that the New Testament documents are generally trustworthy historical documents.  Part III (by Paul Buller) established the historical fact that Jesus of Nazareth died by crucifixion.  Part IV (by Kelly Madland) provided the essential argument that after His crucifixion, Jesus was buried in a tomb by Joseph of Arimathea.  Part V (by Justin Wishart) shared the historical data supporting the discovery of Jesus's empty tomb on the first Easter Sunday morning.  Part VI (by Stephen Bedard) establishes the post-mortem appearances of Jesus to His disciples.  Part VII (by David Haines) argued that the only reasonable conclusion from the rise of the disciples' belief in Jesus's resurrection is that Jesus was actually raised from the dead.  Part VIII (by Jojo Ruba) emphasizes the importance of hearing the Easter narrative as more than a story - rather as His Story that transforms lives and worldviews.  Enjoy this last contribution to what has been an excellent blog series!

Why Canadians Still Need Easter

It was the most memorable birthday party I’ve ever attended. That’s because it was literally a birth-day.

I was the only available family member when my cousin was going into her last contractions. She’d already been at the hospital for over 20 hours and family and friends did our best to be there the whole time.