Pointing Fingers Or Extending Hands?

Luke closes the book of Acts in somewhat of an open manner. He tells us that Paul “stayed two full years in his own rented quarters and was welcoming all who came to him, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with all openness, unhindered” (Acts 28:30-31 NASB). While weContinue reading “Pointing Fingers Or Extending Hands?”

No One Gets To Stay Where They Are

Sometimes I think that when we congratulate people who are about to be baptized as disciples of Jesus on the wonderful decision they are making—we should tell them the rest of the story. That would be that becoming a follower of Jesus is not the end of change but the beginning. Following Christ means thatContinue reading “No One Gets To Stay Where They Are”

Looking For The Intersection

Whatever else we might see when we look in the mirror in the morning, we don’t see the Apostle Paul staring back at us. That’s because whatever self-illusions we might have, we don’t confuse ourselves with him. Neither did people in the first century. When you think about it, Paul was a very singular individual.Continue reading “Looking For The Intersection”

Living The Generous Life

If you did a word association with Barnabas, my guess is that sooner rather than later we’d come up with the word encouragement. We’d be on solid ground for that’s the way he’s introduced to us in Acts 4:36-37. There we’re told of a Cyprian Levite named Joseph given the name Barnabas which means sonContinue reading “Living The Generous Life”

He’s Alive And We’re Forgiven

“You are my son; today I have become your father,” (Psalm 2:7). By itself, this little piece from the second psalm doesn’t look like much—certainly not a prophecy of the resurrection. (It actually looks more like a birth announcement). Be that as it may, Paul nonetheless quotes this text in support of the resurrection ofContinue reading “He’s Alive And We’re Forgiven”

“Excuse me, could you help me with this?”

The man from Ethiopia (present day Sudan) needed help to understand the Scripture! That much is clear. Some say it was because there was no New Testament to aid him in interpreting the Old Testament text (Isaiah 52:13-53:12) he was reading. It is suggested that if he would have had the complete Bible he couldContinue reading ““Excuse me, could you help me with this?””

Everywhere They Looked

Wouldn’t you love to know exactly what the apostles were saying that morning of Pentecost when they were “declaring the wonders of God” (Acts 2:11)? Were they speaking of the extraordinary reversal of events God had brought about by raising Jesus from the dead? Was their topic the ascension of Christ they had recently witnessed? DidContinue reading “Everywhere They Looked”