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Archives for Textual Theme: The Book of Acts

Despite being the only Gentile writer in the New Testament, Luke still gives us a lot of Old Testament connections in Acts. Inspiration certainly has a lot to do with this. Along with that we remember that Luke is a physician playing the part of church historian. He is doing his best to give us an accurate representation of the events…

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Acts is, in many ways, the story of God’s kingdom expanding into all the world. Jesus’ final words to his apostles were, “you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the farthest parts of the earth.” (

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I was attending a Christian College in the spring of 1992 where I spent my days struggling with life, and what God wanted from me. Other students seemed laser focused on what they were going to do with their life; I mean they had even been on the four dates that were required before you bought the engagement ring. (I’m…

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“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.”

Acts 2:42, NRSV.

“Our greatest trouble now is, it seems to me, a vast unconverted membership. A very large percent of the church members among us seem to have very poor conception of what a Christian ought to be. They are…

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Women played a larger role in the early church than we often give them credit for. We go looking for them around Mother’s day but they often go overlooked the other 51 weeks of the year. Women played a vital role in the ministry of Jesus and in the early church. I want to highlight a few ladies from the…

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I am curious how many of you are planning on attending the Pepperdine Lectures next month. This is always a very exciting time of year. The combination of speakers, seeing old friends, and taking some time off to get my cup filled is a vitally important part of my spiritual life each year. If you haven’t ever attended the Lectures,…

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Christianity done correctly should have some tension between itself and the powers that be in the world. We see this from Abraham to Moses to Jesus to Peter and John. We should expect to see this today. If we neglect our mission, lose our focus and discard our values it is easier to get along with the world but we…

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“One day Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time of prayer—at three in the afternoon. 2 Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. 3 When he saw Peter and John…

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Acts 2 is one of those big chapters in Churches of Christ but how familiar are we with what is going on in that chapter? We go to it for what it takes to be converted (repentance and baptism in particular), even for the receipt of the Holy Spirit and let us not leave out the founding of the church. Remember that picture on the post that introduced this…

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Following the Christian calendar, we are approaching May 15th. That’s Pentecost Sunday, which marks that historical day many years ago when something strange happened.

That day was surprising not just because the people present anticipated the exact events of that day unfolding as they did. No, that day is also surprising because of the events that took place seven weeks prior to Pentecost. Seven weeks before Jewish and Roman political…

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