Category Archives: Acts

Belief and Behavior

Been reading a book on asking the right questions when it comes to thinking through how to be intentional in leading people in the church towards following Christ. It’s what we’re commissioned to do, “Go and make disciples” (Matt 28:19-20). … Continue reading

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One Word

They were certain Paul had defiled the temple. Convinced he had brought unbelieving, uncircumcised, and unclean Greeks into the holy place. But it was based only on circumstantial evidence. They had seen Paul earlier with Trophimus the Ephesian. So, when … Continue reading

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Words Without Weight

Itinerant exorcists. It was a thing. Jews who traveled the land expelling demons. Those who used formulaic catch phrases to cast out evil spirits. Jesus was aware of them (Lk. 11:19). They later traveled in the same circles as Paul … Continue reading

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Bridges or Barriers

It irritated Paul. My bible says it “provoked” his spirit within him. It riled him up. He couldn’t keep from being exasperated by it. He couldn’t stem the rising anger. Love the way Peterson puts it: The longer Paul waited … Continue reading

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Illumination not Confirmation

It’s not what he taught that choked them, but all who had listened. The synagogue leaders didn’t object to Paul’s teaching after that first Sabbath when he proclaimed Jesus as the Savior promised through the line of David. They didn’t … Continue reading

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A Tenth and Too Many Gods

So, not quite sure how this is going to come together, but there’s a couple of thoughts racing around my head as I sit back after my readings and reflect. A couple of thoughts that I’m thinking might actually tie … Continue reading

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Considering a Conversation with the Felixes

For two years Felix often sent for Paul to talk with him. Not because he was seeking the truth, but because he was hoping for a bribe (Acts 24:26-27). And I imagine the repeated conversations weren’t a lot unlike that … Continue reading

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The Downside of Flannel Graph and CGI

Not gonna lie, I’m kind of hooked on Marvel movies. Not that I run to a movie theater whenever a new film is released, or that I watch them all the time, but I have been a bit driven to … Continue reading

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Turn, Turn, Turn

Don’t really know why the word popped off the page this morning (though I have my suspicions . . . an encounter of the divine kind, perhaps?). But it did. A word that I’m thinking doesn’t really play all that … Continue reading

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A Door of Faith

I grew up in a non-religious home. If we ever went to church it was to marry or bury. My theology was founded on a god after my own making with the understanding that if He’d leave me alone, I’d … Continue reading

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