Acts 19 – 20.16 Sleep and Riots

This is a very long reading, the longest I think we’ve gotten in Forward Movement’s arrangement of Luke and Acts daily readings. The riot...

Acts 18:1-28 Orthodoxy and orthopraxis

I have to admit that this read through of Acts is constantly challenging my thinking about orthodoxy and heresy. In general I hold orthodoxy...

Acts 17:10-34 To an unknown God

In his speech to the Athenians, Paul begins to make the unknown God known. Beyond that, he makes the clearest statement of the purpose...

Acts 17:1-9 The Synagogue at Thessalonica

Three things immediately stand out to me about the community that gathers in the synagogue in Thessalonica. The first is that they’re open to...

Acts 16:16-40 Controlling the Message

This is a very strange passage. At the beginning of it, Paul and Silas have what many people would no doubt like - someone...

Acts 16:1-15 Lydia and the Holy Spirit

A friend recently asked me whether the Holy Spirit worked through nudges and intuition. I was quick to point out the moments when the...

Acts 15:36-41 The Falling Out

This brief little story of Paul and Barnabas’ falling out makes me sad. Barnabas, the son of encouragement, just can’t keep himself from encouraging...

Acts 15:22-35 They rejoiced at the exhortation

I’m writing this at the end of January, a few days after Nehemiah, Chapter 8 appeared in the Sunday lectionary. One of the things...

Acts 15:1-21 The tolerance of James the Less

It is strangely dangerous to write about the James who speaks at the Jerusalem council, because he could be one of two people, and...

Acts 14:21-28 They appointed elders and entrusted them to the Lord

Paul and Barnabas are not going to stay and live in the communities that they have founded, communities that are already under siege in...