Monday, March 24, 2008

Corinthians


On Saturday our entire ministry team toured ancient Corinth. It was amazing. Only about 1% of the ancient city has been unearthed. But WOW! We saw a cool inscription on the road that marked where Erastus the city treasurer paid for the making of the road with his own money. No big deal…except that it’s highly likely that this is the same Erastus that partnered with Paul in ministry (Acts 19:22, Romans 1:23 and 2nd Tim). Whatever preconceptions we might have that early Christianity was a religion for the poor masses doesn’t stand up here- Erastus would have been quite the upper crust of society.

As I’ve mentioned earlier, it’s astounding how much being here brings the Scripture to life. Do you remember all those times Paul used “slavery” imagery or athletic imagery. Well of course, Greece is the home of the Olympics, so the athletic imagery makes perfect sense. But did you know that Corinth was home to 300,000 citizens and 400,000 slaves. How ‘bout that!

We stood before the BEMA seat- a public court of sorts. This is not a place “like” where Paul would have been but it is the VERY place where Paul stood (and was acquitted by the way). Surrounding the area where the BEMA is, there were shops including one that has been identified as a Butcher’s Shop. So when Paul was talking about food sacrificed to idols, he may have been thinking of the shop just down the street from where we were. The Jewish Synagogue is likely just a short distance away too. AMAZING!

We climbed to the top of the AcroCorinth- the Roman Fortress overlooking the city. It was occupied by various forces through the centuries. According to Wikipedia, it’s one of the most important Medieval Castle sites in Europe.










Yesterday the teams from TN,GA and MS headed home in two waves. The MS group left at 9:45 and they actually just got home a little while ago! I missed them as soon as the bus pulled away. I loved my Neighborhood Impact team and I really hated to see Susan leave.

I took a 4 hour nap after they left and then started getting caught up on internet stuff last night (after trekking back into the city for another incredible Gyro). Last night I had good enough internet to WATCH MS State and Memphis on CBS.Com.

Today I figured out where the main train station is and booked a ticket for tomorrow to Thessaloniki. You can’t help but do a fist-pumping thing when you figure stuff out like that all alone! I plan to spend 2 -3 nights there so I can spend a day in Thessaloniki and a day in Phillipi. After that I’ll probably take a train to Pristina, Kosova where I’ll meet an I-Team contact.

4 comments:

Vickie_Raulin said...

I am so, so amazed... and may I add envious? altho not in a bad way... I just can't get my head around what it must be like to be there... enjoy, little brother...

So sorry your home folks are gone... but hope you make and meet new Christian brothers and sisters everywhere you go... can hardly wait for you to be home again so we can hear more about it all.

Praying for you always...and always...

love,
vickie

Ashley said...

Eric and I were just talking yesterday about how awesome it would be to be able to stand on the same ground that Jesus and his disciples stood on- how blessed you are that you are able to do that!

lauraleigh said...

Clinton!

It's so good to know I can keep up with your adventures through this! I have been praying for you and I know the Lord is taking mighty good care of you. All of us here in MS miss you and the rest of the team, but as always, our prayers are constantly with you!

Hairston Family said...

Clinton, only a true mission worker with a strong heart is blessed to be able to watch a Mississippi State game from Greece. Not to mention a real man. God Bless You, Homeboy!

Hairston