"Psalm 23," John August Swanson. Used by permission from the artist.
Image © by John August Swanson. Artwork held in the Luther Seminary Fine Arts Collection, St. Paul, Minn.
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Peter Heals in Jerusalem
Acts 3:1-10 Commentary
by Israel Kamudzandu
Shaped by narratives, the story of Acts 3:1-10 is built around Peter’s and John’s life of prayer and the Jerusalem church’s performance in terms of healing a crippled and nameless beggar (Acts 3:1-11).
In Acts, believers are confronted with narratives and in this particular chapter, we encounter a beggar whose existence was only at the hands of others. The name, gender, age, and nationality of the beggar is not given to readers, but all we know is that a marginalized, homeless, and poor child of God was always at the entrance of the Temple. Each day, the paralytic expected people to help meet daily needs, and on this day, Peter and John demonstrated that healing through the name and in the power of Jesus brings new life. The work of the Holy Spirit in Acts undergirds all narratives in this book and believers should always remember that all the miracles of healing were done in the name of the risen Lord.
In the modern world, healing through the name of Jesus is hardly believed by many people, yet in Acts we see disciples performing miracles of all kinds. The church of the 21st century should be open to the work of the Holy Spirit and know that Jesus is still at work in and among believers, ...
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NL Podcast 409: Peter Heals in Jerusalem
April 26, 2020
Podcast on the Narrative Lectionary readings for Apr. 26, 2020, (Peter Heals in Jerusalem) featuring Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, and Kathryn Schifferdecker. Recorded on Apr. 1, 2020, via Zoom for Working Preacher.