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Our Day in Ephesus

While we were in Turkey, we had the amazing privilege of visiting the biblical city of Ephesus.  That’s right, this is the city which Paul visited in Acts 19 and to whom he wrote his “famous” Letter to the Ephesians.  It was a really cool experience, made especially holy by the European cruise guests who were also daytripping to Ephesus and sporting string bikinis and swimtrunks 🙂 

Believe it or not (I did not at first but then I googled it), the city of Ephesus was home to over 200,000 people while Paul spent time there.  This is the main road in the city.  Along this road there would have been many merchants selling things.  To the left, they have excavated several houses and to the right there are fountains and a public latrine (pictured later…just wait).  In the far distance you can see a two story building that was, at one time, the third largest library in the ancient world.  The street is made of marble, and it is the very same marble that Paul would have walked on during the two years he lived in Ephesus.

At one time, Ephesus was a port city and the sea came all the way up to just behind the library.  Over the years, silt has washed down from the mountains pushing the sea further and further back so that you can no longer see the sea from the city of Ephesus.

The next few pictures are close-ups of the library.  Roman architecture is amazing, and you can’t help but wonder how come its taken us 2,000 years to relearn everything they already knew.

Here’s a picture of Toodus’s happy, handsome, and smiling face while in Ephesus.  Behind him is the little amphitheater in which the Senate would have met and other political business would have been taken care of.

This is an old ICTHUS symbol.  I would try to explain how it forms an ICTHUS but it would be far too complicated.  See if you can figure it out for yourself…you’ll feel smart if you do.

As promised, here are a few pictures of the public latrine.  This “open-air” latrine is found in the center of town and is a big room with fortysome toilets in it.  These toilets all face a stage on which live music and plays would have been performed for the amusement of those popping a squat.

This is the large theater that Luke writes about in Acts 19.  It was in this theater that the silversmiths rioted, chanting “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!”  Paul was so zealous for the gospel that he tried to rush into this stadium to address the rioting crowd.  Thank goodness for his buddies, the disciples, who restrained him.  Convicting for sure….I love the gospel but I’m not sure I would jump at the chance to preach at an angry mob of several thousand people.  The Lord still has work to do on my heart…

Incidentally, this theater is still being used today.  It seats 10,000 people and has hosted concerts by Sting, Elton John, and the likes.

Below, OTown is pictured at the gladiator museum with some awesome cardboard cutout dude.

Only a mile or two from Ephesus is the Basilica of St. John…the place where the disciple John is said to be buried.  It is thought that John spent the last years of his life in Ephesus writing the gospel of John.

The baptismal at the Basilica of St. John.

The Basilica overlooks a beautiful thirteenth century mosque.

Seeing the ruins of Ephesus was an incredible reminder of the great works that God has done throughout history, and the works God has done are a reminder of who God is….a holy God, who loves His children, who is jealous for His glory, who is eternal and unchanging, who is faithful to keep His promises, and who will redeem a people from every tribe and tongue and nation.

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Spring Football

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In honor of the Blue-Gold game today (listen here), I figured I would post one of my all-time favorite football hits.  I remember watching it live and wondering how the guy lived…turns out he actually suffered internal bleeding, but survived just fine.

Man I love football.

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This makes me laugh… 

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