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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Reflections on the Book of Acts #11: James and Peter

Here’s the link to Acts 12. Our passage begins by telling us that King Herod (Herod Agrippa I, 12 B.C. – 44 A.D) violently persecuted Christians. James, one of the two “sons of thunder,” was executed by his order. Proclaiming Christ as the risen king gets you into trouble. Herod also arrested and imprisoned Peter. …

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Reflections on the Book of Acts #11: Persecution

Here’s the link to Acts 11. As a result of the death of Stephen, believers are scattered. Many are Jews, but plenty of Gentiles are being added to the mix. Our passage uses the word persecution to describe the relationship between the burgeoning faith community and the surrounding culture. So much for still having the …

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