Acts and Mission 98

We are in the final days of Luke’s missionary sketch of Paul, and we are in the final week of this series on Acts and Mission. Paul is in prison, and if the traditional site of his imprisonment, just off the Capitoline Hill overlooking the Forum, is accurate, this is not unlike what Paul would [Read More…]

Acts and Mission 97

Well, folks, we’re coming round the bend to the final week of posts on Acts and Mission. (Our next series will be to go through the Psalms, and I will be using J. Goldingay: Psalms, Vol. 1: Psalms 1-41 (Baker Commentary on the Old Testament Wisdom and Psalms) .) Paul has arrived in Rome [catacombs [Read More…]

Acts and Mission 96

We’re skipping quickly through the journey narratives of Acts because our focus is on Paul’s missional work and missional theology, and traveling [Fair Havens to the right] … well it’s part of it because missional people travel. Paul gets an opportunity because he predicts disaster, and disaster comes; he gets more opportunity because of healing [Read More…]

Acts and Mission 95

Paul’s passion is for everyone to see the light of the gospel in the face of Jesus Christ, and that means even Festus is in his circle of compassionate gospel preaching. Festus thinks Paul’s lost his mind with his belief in the resurrection as a gospel fully conversant with the Jewish Scriptures. But Paul asks [Read More…]

Acts and Mission 94

Paul gets to tell his story, and he tells his story in a way that shows he’s a faithful Jew, that what he believes is Jewish, that resurrection is central to Jewish hope, and that the Jewish God has called him to preach the gospel to Gentiles. Notice once again that “hope” and “resurrection” are [Read More…]

Acts and Mission 93

It’s a great story. The apostle Paul harrassed into persecution in the Temple by those who thought he was a trouble-making unobservant Jew divulges that he’s a Roman, and everything changes. Through a series of hearings Paul ends up in Caesarea before King Agrippa II and the whole of Acts 25 is worth reading. Paul’s [Read More…]

Acts and Mission 92

Paul is in prison on the Mediterranean coast in Caesarea (aqueduct to the right), and at first things move quickly — five days after his arrival there is a hearing, but a decision isn’t made and Paul ends up in prison here for two more years. Here’s the report from Acts 24, where we find [Read More…]

Acts and Mission 91

Behind the scenes two things are at work: the enemies of Paul, who think he’s dangerous to Torah observance and therefore to the sanctity of Israel and the Temple, and the friends of Paul, including family members in Jerusalem. His sister’s son somehow hears of a plot to kill Paul through the local buzz, he [Read More…]

Acts and Mission 90

Now is the time for Paul to reveal even more, so he is brought before the Sanhedrin, before him Paul asserts his integrity and innocence, only to realize he then said something contrary to the Torah: 22:30 The next day, because the commanding officer wanted to know the true reason Paul was being accused by the [Read More…]

Acts and Mission 89

Paul’s in trouble in the heart of the heart of God’s place: in the Temple in Jerusalem. The Jerusalem believers (in Jesus) question, or at least wonder about, Paul’s Torah observance and his commitment to the sanctity of the Temple. In fact, mob rule takes over and Paul is beaten until a Roman soldier appears. [Read More…]