Tag: Beloved Community

Acts 27:1-12 He allowed him to go to his friends and...

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 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 17:1-9 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 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...

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 12:1-19 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...