Decadence and Downfall

We’ve been spending a good deal of time in the OT book of Daniel over recent months for our Sunday morning sermons, as we’ve considered how we’re to remain faithful to Jesus whilst living in a culture that is unsympathetic and at times outright hostile to the gospel.

Thanks to Doug for drawing my attention to the recent BBC documentary, Decadence and Downfall: The Shah of Iran’s Ultimate Party, (which can be found online for a limited time here), which outlines events in Iran during 1971 and shows how the then Shah saw himself as a modern-day equivalent of King Cyrus, ruler of the Medes and Persians 2500 year ago.

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The LORD is risen – a new world dawns

The LORD is risen.  He is risen indeed!

This great quote from Chesterton on the immensity of the ressurection.

On the third day the friends of Christ coming at daybreak to the place found the grave empty and the stone rolled away. In varying ways they realized the new wonder; but even they hardly realized that the world had died in the night. What they were looking at was the first day of a new creation, with a new heaven and a new earth; and in a semblance of the gardener God walked again in the garden, in the cool not of the evening but the dawn.

G. K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man