The Divine Defense

This is now Paul's Fifth Defense to the masses and Seventh Overall, if You are Keeping Score. Acts 26:1-23 And Agrippa said to Paul, “You are permitted to speak for yourself.” Then Paul stretched out his hand and proceeded to make his defense: “In regard to all the things of which I am accused by … Continue reading The Divine Defense

The Retelling of Much Ado About Nothing Doing: According to Festus

Acts 25:13-27 Now when several days had elapsed, King Agrippa and Bernice arrived at Caesarea, and paid their respects to Festus. And while they were spending many days there, Festus laid Paul’s case before the king, saying, “There is a certain man left a prisoner by Felix; and when I was at Jerusalem, the chief … Continue reading The Retelling of Much Ado About Nothing Doing: According to Festus

The Appeal to the Emperor​

Acts 24:24-25:12 But some days later, Felix arrived with Drusilla, his wife who was a Jewess, and sent for Paul, and heard him speak about faith in Christ Jesus. And as he was discussing righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come, Felix became frightened and said, “Go away for the present, and when I find … Continue reading The Appeal to the Emperor​

The Covenant of Conspiracy

Acts 23:12-22 And when it was day, the Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves under an oath, saying that they would neither eat nor drink until they had killed Paul. And there were more than forty who formed this plot. And they came to the chief priests and the elders, and said, “We have … Continue reading The Covenant of Conspiracy

The Speech on the Steps Stymied By Broken off Branches

Acts 22:3-22 "I am a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city, educated under Gamaliel, strictly according to the law of our fathers, being zealous for God, just as you all are today. And I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and putting both men and women into prisons, … Continue reading The Speech on the Steps Stymied By Broken off Branches

The Start of the Speech on the Steps

Acts 21:37-22:7 And as Paul was about to be brought into the barracks, he said to the commander, “May I say something to you?” And he said, “Do you know Greek? Then you are not the Egyptian who some time ago stirred up a revolt and led the four thousand men of the Assassins out … Continue reading The Start of the Speech on the Steps

The Symbolic Cessation of Significant Signs

Acts 20:1-12 And after the uproar had ceased, Paul sent for the disciples and when he had exhorted them and taken his leave of them, he departed to go to Macedonia. And when he had gone through those districts and had given them much exhortation, he came to Greece. And there he spent three months, … Continue reading The Symbolic Cessation of Significant Signs

The (Feigned) Worship War and The Haircut Heard ‘Round the World

Acts 18:12-23 But while Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews with one accord rose up against Paul and brought him before the judgment seat, saying, “This man persuades men to worship God contrary to the law.” But when Paul was about to open his mouth, Gallio said to the Jews, “If it were a … Continue reading The (Feigned) Worship War and The Haircut Heard ‘Round the World

The Path of Paul to More Peoples Than Peter

Acts 16:14-30 And a certain woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple fabrics, a worshiper of God, was listening; and the Lord opened her heart to respond to the things spoken by Paul. And when she and her household had been baptized, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged … Continue reading The Path of Paul to More Peoples Than Peter