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Letter From Hank

Hank HanegraaffMarch 2017

Dear CRI Partner:

It is, without question, the most important event in human history.

Admittedly, that’s a bold statement. And it would be positively outrageous if it weren’t true.

But as Christians, more than just our faith hinges on it. So do the eternal destinies of millions.

I’m talking about the Resurrection.

Rightly understood, it should not merely inform our faith; it should energize every day of our lives!

Why? Because the Resurrection astonishingly did more than miraculously reverse the order of sin and death that has plagued humanity for millennia. It inaugurated a whole new order of being for us and for the universe.

As Lee Strobel has put it in his Foreword to my book The Third Day,

As a journalist at the Chicago Tribune, I saw plenty of dead bodies — victims of fires, crimes, auto accidents, street gang wars, and crime syndicate retribution. But I had never seen anyone come back to life. That was the stuff of fantasies, mythologies, and legend. After all, we live in a scientific age. Believing in the idea of someone being resurrected from the dead was simply no longer tenable. 

At least, that’s what I thought until I checked out the facts for myself. Using my journalism experience and legal training, I investigated the most audacious claim of history: that Jesus of Nazareth returned from the dead and thus authenticated his claim to being the unique Son of God.

And that’s the very big problem of millions of agnostic and atheistic Americans who would dismiss notions of the Resurrection as sheer scientific impossibilities and mythological nonsense:


Not merely because I say it did or because I want it to have happened but because it’s borne out by history, archaeology, and science.

In fact, the renowned scholar of ancient history, Dr. Paul Maier notes,

If all the evidence is weighed carefully and fairly, it is indeed justifiable, according to the canons of historical research, to conclude that the sepulcher of Joseph of Arimathea, in which Jesus was buried, was actually empty on the morning of the first Easter. And no shred of evidence has yet been discovered in literary sources, epigraphy, or archaeology that would disprove this statement.

Sadly, however, despite the criticality of the Resurrection as an historical event, even most evangelicals would not be able to provide coherent and credible answers to questions like:

  • Why did the authorities need Judas to identify Jesus?
  • How could the people who cheered Jesus on Palm Sunday call for His death just a few days later? (Hint: they weren’t the same people, and some were on the payroll of the Sadducees who saw Jesus as a huge threat.)
  • Why was Pontius Pilate trying so hard to avoid sending Jesus to His death?
  • Is there evidence — outside the Bible — that these events actually happened?

Well, these questions and others are answered persuasively and compellingly in two key apologetics resource I want you to have: The Week That Changed the World and The Third Day: The Reality of the Resurrection.

The Week That Changed the World is a DVD by renowned historian and bestselling author Dr. Paul L. Maier. More than five million of Dr. Maier’s books are now in print in twenty languages, as well as over 250 scholarly articles and reviews in professional journals.

This DVD is perfect for strengthening the convictions and arguments of Christians regarding the Resurrection as well as sharing our Christian faith with skeptics and seekers alike. No ethereal fluff and metaphysical speculation here. Just the hard verifiable facts of history and archaeology.

The Third Day is my book that confirms how human history — and your future — were forever changed by what happened on — you guessed it — the third day following Jesus’ crucifixion.

Whether you get these two key resources for yourself, for a family member, a colleague, a friend, or a loved one, let me strongly encourage you to get one or both.

Why? Because despite the central and pivotal role of the Resurrection in human history, far too many people — believers and unbelievers alike — fail to grasp the enormous implications of this event.

As I write in the Introduction to The Third Day,

Before you start down the road to resurrection — a pilgrimage that for some will be measured in days and for others in decades — allow me to start by underscoring the importance of the trek. This is not just a journey; it is a journey of enormous consequence. You see, without resurrection there is no hope. Indeed, without resurrection, there is no Christianity.

To receive your copies, simply visit our resource page, and make your tax-deductible gift today.

Your gift will undergird and strengthen CRI’s “24/7” equipping outreaches that are changing minds and lives around the globe.

 And whether you choose to add these key resources to your apologetics and witnessing toolkit or share them as gifts, please know that it’s your support that enables CRI to place these types of resources and vast amounts of others in the hands and hearts of Christians here at home and abroad.

For the difference your prayers and financial partnership make in so many lives on the home front and abroad, and for all that your partnership means to me personally, I’m profoundly and perpetually grateful.

Because Life and Truth matter…


P.S. Each and every day, the resources you help to make available are changing lives at home and around the world because they are changing minds. With deep gratitude for these changed lives, I hope you will join me in the triumphant shout this Easter that echoes through the ages:

“He is risen!”


More Questions and Answers with Hank

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Best of BAM: Historical Evidence for Jesus and Q&A

The Week that Changed the World with Paul Maier

Thoughts on the London Massacre and Q&A

Q&A: Free Will, Angels, and the Trinity

Clarity on Transgenderism and Q&A

Ever Increasing Gender Fluidity and Q&A

Best of BAM: The Lenten Season and Q&A

St. Patrick and Q&A

Why Climate-Change Models are so Flawed and Q&A

The Biblical Metaphor of Fire and Q&A

Historical Evidence for Jesus and Q&A

The Importance of the Church and Q&A

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