Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Visiting Corinth

Welcome to the Corinth Canal in Greece!

Initially proposed in classical times in order to save sailing around the Peloponnese Peninsula (a 700 km journey!) construction didn't begin on this 6 km canal until 1881!

Finally completed in 1893, it didn't quite live up to expectations. Due to the canal's narrowness, navigational problems and periodic closures to repair landslides from its steep walls, it failed to attract the level of traffic expected by its operators. So today it's mainly a tourist attraction...which is exactly our purpose today!

From here we headed on to our real destination, the ancient city of Corinth.

We started at the top with an overlook of the area, and then walked up into the walled gates of Acrocorinth, the acopolis of ancient Corinth.

We are here in this amazing place because of these two amazing people!

Steve and Polly lead a classical Christian school in Jackson, Wyoming, and have brought some of their leadership team and faculty on this trip to study the early church in Greece and Turkey. Dave is teaching on location from God's Word in all the places that we'll visit.

Claire was invited on this trip too since Steve and Polly's daughter, Claire's god-daughter, is on the trip and they wanted to give them this time together. This trip is such a special gift to us all!

In 2006 we took a historical vacation to Greece, driving and camping with our three vacation families, Patty's, Ellenwood's and Hash's. Corinth was one of our first stops, and was the first biblical archeology site that I ever visited. It opened my eyes to reading the Bible differently back then, so I was excited to come again today for any new, fresh insights!

Last time when we were here we didn't visit the museum. I don't know if that was simply oversight or because we decided it was enough for 13 people to just walk through the archeological site. But I'm so glad we got to see the museum today!

What was excavated from here is simply stunning!

Ancient Corinth was no small place! It covered a range of 900 km², and already from the 8th c. B.C., it was a rich and powerful city-state.

The apostle Paul first visited the city in AD 49 or 50 and resided here for eighteen months (see Acts 18:1–18), and later wrote to the church that was established here, reflecting on the conflict between the thriving Christian church and the surrounding community who worshipped other gods and lived in ways that didn't honor God. 

If only these rocks could talk! What tales they would tell of this city from long ago.

Over Claire's right shoulder in the above picture, you can see an unusual tree with two distinct branches going to the right and to the left.

The historical significance of this tree??

When we were here twelve years ago Claire and her best friend, Hayley, took a picture in this very spot, and that framed picture is in Claire's room at our house to this day! I wished I'd thought to scan it and add into this blog post as a memory!

We continued on through the site, and then came to a quiet place for Dave's first teaching on this trip.

Dave's theme on this trip is "The Transforming Power of the Gospel" and he'll look at many different aspects of that on location in places like Patmos and Ephesus.

Today he framed our theme and talked about what the Gospel message is:

Jesus is the Messiah
God's Kingdom is near - his lordship will transform all of life as it was intended to be
Repent and Believe

And talked about the "Gospel and Morality", and how the ways of God's Kingdom are best for us, and that we always have to keep in mind who we are, and whose we are.

We're off to a great start on this tour, and I'm excited about all that is ahead of us!

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