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 10:1-17, 34-35 Commentary
by Israel Kamudzandu
The journey from cultural religion to Christianity is both an exciting and a challenging one.
It is exciting because humanity is eager to preserve and conserve what is considered religious ideals. On the other hand, it is challenging in that when religious humanity is encountered by God or an overwhelming, yet gentle power, the resistance turns into acceptance. It is with this perspective that readers of the Book of Acts should possibly read and embody its message.
The traveling motif on the Gaza road invites 21st century Christian leaders to an active engagement with religion and contextualization of the Gospel. The following verses, ‘Cornelius, a centurion, a devout man who feared God with all his household, gave alms liberally to the people and prayed constantly to God,” (10: 1-2) are a mountaintop message in Acts. The message of inclusion of all peoples, nations, ethnicities, man and women into the fellowship of God’s people comes into play.
It is not the power of Peter’s sermon that brings others into fellowship with God but the power of Holy Spirit. ...
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NL Podcast 362: Peter's Vision
May 05, 2019
Podcast on Acts 10:1-17, 34-35, the Narrative Lectionary readings for May 5, 2019 (Peter's Vision) featuring Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, and Kathryn Schifferdecker. Recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn., for Working Preacher.