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Thursday, August 25, 2005

The indispensable piece

Yesterday, we asked the Jenga question: Like the little block of the Jenga tower on which all the weight eventually comes to rest, what idea in Christianity is so important that, if removed, then the whole edifice of Christian faith would come crashing down?

The answer is...

the Resurrection of Jesus.

No less than the Apostle Paul said: "And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith" (1 Cor. 15:14, NIV). Many on that morning long ago saw an empty tomb, but only some drew a faith conclusion from that fact. Now, we call them "Christians," or followers of Christ. More answer to that title today than to any other faith title.

But what if some clever Indiana Jones type unearthed human bones, dusted them off, and said they belonged to Jesus of Nazareth? Would someone have truly yanked out the indispenable Jenga block? Paul Maier wrote a book, A Skeleton in God's Closet, premised on exactly that scenario. It's a good read, as you wind down these short days of summer.

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