Acts 27:13-28:44 The Story Ends

Sometime during the mid-eighteenth century, a Jesuit priest in France named Jean-Pierre de Caussade wrote a book that is sometimes called Abandonment to Divine...

Acts 27:1-12 He allowed him to go to his friends and be cared for

I wonder what Luke has been doing the entire time that Paul has been in prison. Obviously, he’s been nearby, waiting to accompany Paul...

Acts 25:23-26:32 Sweet friendship

What, in the end, are we to make of the apostle Paul? Luke, who loves him, is not shy about telling us of Paul’s...

Acts 25:1-22 The primary world of the Kingdom of God

The profound anticlimax of Acts continues, with more bureaucratic jostling by Roman officials whose names begin with the letter F. As a reader, I...

Acts 24:1-27 Resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous

Poor Paul. He gets stuck in prison for two years, and Felix, the governor, who is a rather feckless person, seems to be in...

Acts 23:12-35 Playing with status

I don’t know why I'm finding the ending of Acts so anticlimactic. Maybe it’s because I’ve been reading it through a contemplative lens, and...

Acts 22:30 – 23:11 Paul and Jesus have a private chat

The very last line of this passage might seem like an odd little coda, but to me it’s the whole point. This is the...

Acts 21:27-22:29 Fearless Integrity

Arrested and manhandled by the mob, Paul doesn’t claim the safety of his Roman citizenship right away. How easy it would have been, after...

Acts 21: 1-26 Does Paul ignore the Holy Spirit?

This passage presents a real challenge to what I’ve been thinking and saying about blaspheming against the Holy Spirit. Ever since reading Luke 12,...

Acts 20:17-38 Saying Goodbye

This is Paul’s farewell address, and I hear an echo of Jesus’ own farewell address in it. In the twenty-second chapter of Luke, Jesus...