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Barbarian Kindness

I had the privilege this week of presenting Christianity to a sociology class in a public university studying Myth, Ritual and Magic. I surveyed this class to see how much knowledge or experience with Christianity or the church the students … Continue reading

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“I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision.”

Muhammed had the practice of periodically retreating to a cave in the mountains surrounding Mecca for prayer and exclusion. He claims that at the age of 40 (around the year 610) he received his first revelation from God. Three years … Continue reading

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Exposing the Fantasy of Converts in Power

Americans express their aspirations through their celebrities, and attempt to live vicariously through them. Our religious tribes works similarly. Dalai Lama and Richard Gere? Do you Tebow? Is it Cat Stevens/Yusaf Islam? Do the new atheists turn you on? This happens … Continue reading

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Paul on Trial and the Meaning of Life

I’ve read through the book of Acts a number of times and one of the most puzzling things about the story of Paul are his actions toward the end of the book. After Paul’s arrest in Jerusalem at the riot … Continue reading

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Frogs, Final Things and Fallen Fruit

Follow the Frog This is one of those commercials that strikes the keys just right that you almost imagine it couldn’t be more perfect. The video is actually about two outcomes, a futile one and an asserted fruitful one. We … Continue reading

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Defenders of the Sacred Image

There are some weeks when the sermon illustrations jump up and slap you in the face. This was one of those weeks. I’ve been leading my congregation through the book of Acts for a couple of years now, and the … Continue reading

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Paul, Conflict and Boredom

As members of my congregation know I’ve been working through Acts. Partially for that reason this animated motion picture caught my eye. I really hadn’t thought of the Paul story and the Jerusalem collection from this perspective before. I was … Continue reading

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The Messiness of a Holy Spirit Movement

After the story of Paul in Corinth in Acts 18 we have an interesting section from 18:18-19:20 where there is evidence of a lot of things happening. What we see in this section is that far more is happening than … Continue reading

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Interesting note from Ben Witherington’s Acts Commentary on Baptism

This is concerning Apollos and why Luke makes no mention of Priscilla and Aquila baptizing him. It is possible, as Bruce points out, that they might have thought it unnecessary, since he already had the Holy Spirit. It may also … Continue reading

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The Last Temptation of Paul

Paul in the book of Acts through chapter 17 reminds me of Ironman. Paul was the Tony Stark of the Pharisees and in his conversion he becomes a missionary Ironman. He goes into city after city in the Eastern Roman … Continue reading

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