Reflections on the Book of Acts #28: Paul, Rome, and the Witness of the Church in the Power of the Holy Spirit

So we’ve reached the end. This is the last chapter of Acts. I’ve really enjoyed being able to share these thoughts and committing to doing so kept me faithful in reading. There have been a few times when I didn’t post as early as I’d like, but I still haven’t missed a day. Of course, …

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Reflections on the Book of Acts #21: Gentiles

Here’s the link to Acts 21. Paul is warned by a prophet named Agabus who, having bound himself symbolically with Paul’s belt, prophesies that when he gets to Jerusalem he will be bound and handed over to the Gentiles. And we soon see what happens, because he insists on going to Jerusalem anyway, declaring his …

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Reflections on the Book of Acts #15: The Jerusalem Council

Here's the link to Acts 15. So the tension between Jewish Christians and Gentile (non-Jewish) Christians comes to something of a head in our passage. Some Jewish Christians were of the conviction that Gentile converts to the faith ought to be circumcised. That is, they should also, essentially, become proselyte Jews in order to become …

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Reflections on the Book of Acts #14: Paul and Barnabas

Here's the link to Acts 14. They continued preaching the gospel. These are the words which stand out to me from this passage. They describe the first missionary journey of the apostle Paul and Barnabas (a name which means "son of encouragement"). Here's a map of this missionary journey. I find it helps when reading …

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