Blog 214

September 26, 2021


Robert Wise explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. An Archbishop in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches with a Ph.D., Rev. Wise relates his interviews with persons who experienced the touch of God.


Several decades ago, I became interested in how life in the first three centuries actually functioned.  I had a hunch that the miraculous dimension continued on from the time of the Apostles much has it is described in the New Testament. While there are important and distinctive differences between those early centuries and today, I wondered if the spiritual dynamic had really changed with time from then until now. In addition, I realized that few Christian groups had an honest understanding and insight into where the church came from and how it developed. They all claimed to be the original church and that couldn’t be true. What I found in studying the first centuries turned out to be insightful and fascinating.

I’ve put many of those discoveries in my latest book. If you’ll forgive me, I’m about to present a commercial for you. MAN ON FIRE is the story of the last disciple of the Apostle John. While today’s church knows little or nothing about Polycarp, he was the first father of the emerging church, a man of brilliant faith, and a major figure in defeating the first heresy that confronted Christians at the end of the first century. Polycarp struggled with the same issues we do in understanding how the miraculous dimension intersects with the everyday world. I think you would find this story to be important.

Contrary to contemporary claims. The first church in Rome was nearly destroyed when both Peter and Paul were executed by the Romans. For decades, these early Christians lived in fear of being captured and persecuted in a similar manner. The church was not organized and floundered under well-meaning but unskilled leadership. When Polycarp appeared on the scene, he began bringing order to the disorganized believers while avoiding the Roman soldiers who were constantly seeking Christians that could be arrested.

I won’t give a ay the ending, but Polycarp’s last days became a witness that rings through the ages. Martyrs facing death often remembered and repeated his words. You’ll be inspired by the same affirmation.

Usually, these blogs feature the experience of someone in today’s world that could be your neighbor. However, miracle stories speak through every century and sometimes the events of the more distant past are just as inspiring as contemporary experience. I believe you’ll find this to be so in the life of Polycarp.

            MAN ON FIRE can be ordered at the local book store. 

I can make copies available at:

Rev. Robert L. Wise, PO Box 22716 , Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 731203

Cost is $15.00 plus the shipping fee.

            I hope you’ll avail yourself of this inspiring story!

By the way, I’d love to hear your story if you’ve experienced a divine intervention. Send it to me at Wise on Miracles@gmail.com.

Please watch and subscribe to my new YouTube channel MIRACLES NEVER CEASE, where I post interviews with people sharing their experiences with divine encounters!

Let the miracles begin!

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