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As predictable as being stopped by a train certain times of the day in Fort Collins are the faulty and bias-driven documentaries of Jesus that will be airing on the History Channel, PBS and other networks this time of year.

These documentaries usually have one thing in common, and it's certainly not to let the historical evidences speak for themselves. These documentaries, in general, do their best to place the resurrection of Jesus Christ in doubt. Unfortunately, they not only fail to take the New Testament, one of the most historically reliable documents in antiquity, at face value, but they also ignore important non-biblical evidences witnessing to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth.

The Sunday after Easter, our Adult Bible Class will be viewing a new documentary titled “The Week that Changed the World: A Historian Examines Holy Week.” Based on the book In the Fullness of Time by renowned historian Dr. Paul L. Maier, this film places the events of Holy Week in their historical context “and connects the Biblical account to the relevant archaeology, geography, politics and culture … providing a deeper understanding of the most important week in history.”

Friends in Christ, our faith is not based on a faulty view of history or the forgery of historical evidences, but on sound historical evidence and facts, namely an empty tomb and clear eye witness testimony of the resurrection of Jesus Christ!

God bless your Holy Week worship and celebration of Christ's victory over death and the grave this Easter and always!

Rev. Shawn Nettleton is Senior Pastor at Saint John’s Lutheran Church. You can reach him in the church office, by email at or at 970-305-2420.