The Trials of Paul

I am wondering what you think about Luke’s purpose in dedicating so much of his writings at the back end of the book of Acts to the legal proceedings involving Paul. What is he wanting to highlight by giving essentially a quarter of the book (chapters 21-28) to the details around these matters, including a very detailed account of the shipwreck (cf. Acts 27). One thought could be that Luke wants us to see Paul in the strain of the OT prophets. Similar to Isaiah, Jeremiah, etc. Luke shows Paul speaking truth to power, and repeats his calling moment (Damascus Rd experience) twice more in these final chapters. Is that it or is there more to it.

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Talks on Pentecost

Over this past weekend, I had the privilege of spending a few days with Cornerstone Reformed Church in Carbondale, IL, where I explored the subject of Pentecost for their 2019 Easter Conference, in preparation for the coming season. You can listen to the five talks, a sermon, and a Q&A session here:

Interpreting Pentecost
Four Lenses on Pentecost
Unworking Babel
Revisiting Sinai
Making a Prophet
Sermon: The Death of Judas and the Reign of Christ
Q&A Session

Transcript for the Fourth Day of Christmas: Two Presentations in the Temple

One of my supporters has very kindly transcribed this video, the third of my series for the twelve days of Christmas. I don’t have time to transcribe my videos myself, so anyone willing to volunteer to transcribe one video every week or fortnight would be greatly appreciated! The transcript is very lightly edited at a few points for the purpose of comprehension.

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Transcript for the Third Day of Christmas: Luke’s Two Pentecosts

One of my supporters has very kindly transcribed this video, the third of my series for the twelve days of Christmas. I don’t have time to transcribe my videos myself, so anyone willing to volunteer to transcribe one video every week or fortnight would be greatly appreciated! The transcript is very lightly edited at a few points for the purpose of comprehension.

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Transcript for the Second Day of Christmas: Samuel in Luke

One of my supporters has very kindly transcribed this video, the second of my series for the twelve days of Christmas. I don’t have time to transcribe my videos myself, so anyone willing to volunteer to transcribe one video every week or fortnight would be greatly appreciated! The transcript is very lightly edited at a few points for the purpose of comprehension.

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Transcript for the First Day of Christmas: Twin Nativities

One of my supporters has very kindly transcribed this video, the first of my series for the twelve days of Christmas. I don’t have time to transcribe my videos myself, so anyone willing to volunteer to transcribe one video every week or fortnight would be greatly appreciated! The transcript is very lightly edited at a few points for the purpose of comprehension.

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