Moses by John August Swanson. Image from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, Tenn. Original source © 1983 by John August Swanson.
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Acts 13:1-3; 14:8-18 Commentary
by Eric Barreto
Acts is not just a historical narrative of the early days of the church.
Luke did not set out merely to name the key events and places that marked the growth and development of these early communities of believers. That is, chronology and key places and important figures are not the main concern of Acts. Our understanding of Acts would not be well-tested by taking a quiz on the whos, whats, and whens of its protagonists; the whys are what matter most to Luke. And so Luke’s relentless attention remains focused on God throughout this narrative. God is always the “why.”
And so we can point to Paul’s various missionary journeys in the Book of Acts, notice the bold ways he preaches the good news in the cultural cauldrons that dotted the ancient Mediterranean world. From Jerusalem to Philippi to Athens to Lystra and eventually to Rome, Paul travels the ancient world, leaving an indelible mark upon these communities. And yet Paul’s missionary journeys are never really about Paul himself. Paul is not the hero of Acts but merely the courageous ...
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NL177: Paul's Mission
April 26, 2015
Narrative Lectionary podcast on readings for April 26, 2015: Acts 13:1-3, 14:8-18 (Accompanying text: Matthew 10:40-42.