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 Israel Kamudzandu
Theologically and spiritually, bible narratives, especially the Book of Acts invite Christian believers to be drawn, shaped and formed by what they read.
We are called both to embody the stories and to be advocates for these stories in and around the world. Paul’s missionary journeys are fascinating but readers and scholars have tended to relegate these journeys to the realm of history. Instead of the reading them as spiritually invitational stories, we read as if we are gleaning historical facts and possibly information.
Acts 13: 1-3 signals to readers about the central role of the Holy Spirit in the mission of God; because, none other than the Holy Spirit summons the Antioch teachers and prophets to “set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” Therefore, the entire narrative of Acts, is imbued with the Holy Spirit who is behind all that happens in the book, and consequently in the Church then and now.
The failure of the Church to discern and listen to the directives of the Holy Spirit, will possibly lead to becoming an ideologically-led instead of a Trinitarian-led movement. Without ...
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NL Podcast 363: Paul's Mission
May 12, 2019
Podcast on Acts 13:1-3; 14:8-18, the Narrative Lectionary readings for May 12, 2019 (Paul's Mission) featuring Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, and Kathryn Schifferdecker. Recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn., for Working Preacher.