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“A Colony of Heaven” (Acts 25: 13-22)

This section of Acts is full of Paul’s speeches and we have the opportunity to think through his goals and  his sense of direction. And it’s a Jesus-oriented journey. It’s the way of the cross. N.T. Wright put it this way: … Continue reading

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“To Caesar you will go…” (Acts 25:1-12)

Charles Dickens had a pretty shrewd idea about the legal processes available in his own day. In Nicholas Nickelby, he wrote: “There are many pleasant fictions of the law in constant operation, but there is not one so pleasant or … Continue reading

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The Gospel on Trial (Acts 24)

In Acts 24, we see the Gospel on trial. Or perhaps it is Paul on trial. Or perhaps it is Felix or the Jewish leaders on trial. It all depends upon your point of view. But the Jewish leaders are … Continue reading

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Letter to Felix

  Acts 23 contains a copy -or possibly the gist – of a letter written in the standard epistolary style from the commander of the troops in Jerusalem to the provincial governor in Caesarea where Paul had been just a … Continue reading

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Paul the Prisoner (Acts 23)

“The next morning some Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves with an oath not to eat or drink until they had killed Paul.13 More than forty men were involved in this plot. 14 They went to the chief priests and the elders and … Continue reading

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Paul v the Sanhedrin (Acts 23:1-11)

“Paul looked straight at the Sanhedrin and said, “My brothers, I have fulfilled my duty to God in all good conscience to this day.” 2 At this the high priest Ananias ordered those standing near Paul to strike him on the mouth. 3 Then Paul said to him, … Continue reading

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Paul in the Hot Seat (Acts 21-23)

When you take a Big Picture view of Acts 21 to 23 you come up with a surprising conclusion: that it’s actually a very contemporary picture. It’s a world where radicalised clerics travel to other countries to attack the unbelievers. It … Continue reading

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