Acts 14:1-20 Rains from heaven and fruitful seasons

“You should turn from these worthless things to the living God, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that...

Acts 13:13-52 Spoken from the Bridge

By my count, this is the fourth big retelling of the scriptural narrative in the Acts of the Apostles. First, Peter retold the story...

Acts 13:1-12 The Hierophant

Mary Pierce Brosmer, in her book Women Writing for (a) Change, which describes the movement she started and continues to belong to, tells the...

Acts 12:20-25 Should we welcome humiliation?

Poor Herod. Back in my post on Luke 23:1-25 I reflected on Herod’s character, how he was a kind of seeker, always wanting to...

Acts 12:1-19 Angels and Laughter

As I have said, many of the stories that Luke relates must have been told around the communal table when the early church met...

Acts 11:19-30 The Son of Encouragement

Luke likes Barnabas a lot, and for good reason. It was Barnabas who Paul went to when he returned to Jerusalem after his vision...

Acts 11:1-18 The Baptism of the Holy Spirit

Peter has just done a very surprising thing, and Luke is lavishing attention on it, as is Forward Movements calendar of readings and devotions,...

Luke 10:34-48 The Third Retelling

We have now reached the third retelling of Jesus’ story in Acts, and in some ways it’s just as dangerous as the second retelling....

Acts 10:17-33 Capable of believing anything

As I said yesterday, Peter is able to go and visit Cornelius the Centurion because he’s willing to give up the purity that allows...

Acts 10:1-16 Shocking Visions and the Temple

Cornelius is praying at 3:00 in the afternoon, which is the time of the temple sacrifice far away in Jerusalem. But divine presence doesn’t...