In this episode of Tidbits from Church History we consider Polycarp’s Martyrdom and find in the account of his faithfulness unto death real encouragement. Though we may not know the persecution that those in the first centuries experienced, we nevertheless need to be strengthened to stand against the modern opposition to our faith. Even a brief glance at the final moments of Polycarp’s life will help us here. It is one thing to die, everyone dies. It is another altogether to die well, to die in faith, and to die in hope of a resurrection.