This has been an exciting but challenging chapter to write—exciting to draw the threads together and present the gospel message in all its glory; challenging to balance all the many threads, and keep the whole thing simple and compelling and not too long.
One thing I wrestled with is how (or whether) I should address the issue of scepticism about the fact of the resurrection. I know that many of my readers will be thinking it: “People don’t rise from the dead. If this is the nub of your message, can we believe it?”
Then again, I don’t want to lead off the chapter on a defensive or negative note, and assume from the outset that the message we’re proclaiming is hard to believe.
The approach I ended up adopting was to follow Paul’s logic in Acts 17. To proclaim and commend the resurrection and why it was so important, and then to note that ‘some mocked’.
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