Acts and Mission 87

Now on to Jerusalem (replica to your left of the old ancient core), which begins a long but final set of episodes in Acts: Paul gets there, suspicion is aroused, he’s taken into custody, and eventually ends up in prison in Rome — but undeterred in his gospel preaching. The singular issue concerns Paul’s observance [Read More...]

Acts and Mission 86

There’s really no other way to say this than to say that missional work, especially if it is a church-planting missional ministry like Paul’s, involves travel. Part of Paul’s travel was a sense of homeboundedness toward Jerusalem and a sense of accountability in Jerusalem and a sense of wanting the support of Jerusalem’s leaders. But [Read More...]

Acts and Mission 85

Paul’s missional pastoral theology is on display in Acts 20 and, after reading this text, I’ll propose a few ideas about missional. 20:25 ”And now I know that none of you among whom I went around proclaiming the kingdom will see me again. 20:26 Therefore I declare to you today that I am innocent of the blood of [Read More...]

Acts and Mission 84

Paul’s missional pastoral theology is on display in Acts 20, and we continue from yesterday in looking at this theology. What do you see? 20:25 ”And now I know that none of you among whom I went around proclaiming the kingdom will see me again. 20:26 Therefore I declare to you today that I am innocent of the [Read More...]

Acts and Mission 83

It is too easy to assign pastoral theology to the Pastoral letters of Paul; I believe 2 Corinthians contains some of the best pastoral theology of Paul, and the passage in Acts 20 of Paul’s last meeting with the followers of Jesus from Ephesus is a wonderful display of a missional pastoral theology … but [Read More...]

Acts and Mission 82

Paul left Ephesus and went to Macedonia, spent 3 months there, and then began a trip back to Jerusalem, but the focus of Luke’s narrative is on Troas (picture of some temple ruins there). Here’s the basic report from Acts 20: 20:1 After the disturbance had ended, Paul sent for the disciples, and after encouraging them [Read More...]

Acts and Mission 81

What do we learn about “mission” in the Book of Acts? We are concerned today with Acts 19′s famous report of the disturbance over the financial and religious impact if more and more folks decide to follow the gospel preached by Paul: 19:23 At that time a great disturbance took place concerning the Way. 19:24 For a man [Read More...]

Acts and Mission 80

Paul’s commitment to Jerusalem and the Torah never wavers, as Luke will make clear next. Paul wants to cross the waters and visit Macedonia and Greece and then go back to Jerusalem and then after that get the gospel to Rome. Missional work involves planning and dreaming and imagining and, frankly, finding crucial centers of [Read More...]

Acts and Mission 79

The sort of miracles done by Paul in Ephesus drew much attention, in fact, too much attention. You can read the report below… 19:11 God was performing extraordinary miracles by Paul’s hands, 19:12 so that when even handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his body were brought to the sick, their diseases left them and the evil spirits [Read More...]

Acts and Mission 78

Paul became a virtual local pastor in Ephesus. Notice these words: 19:8 So Paul entered the synagogue and spoke out fearlessly for three months, addressing and convincing them about the kingdom of God. 19:9 But when some were stubborn and refused to believe, reviling the Way before the congregation, he left them and took the disciples with him, [Read More...]


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