Archive for the ‘E100’ Category

  • E100-75: Acts 10:1 – 11:18: Good News for All

    Jul 30, 10 • Acts, E100, Jesus, NTComments Off on E100-75: Acts 10:1 – 11:18: Good News for All
    E100-75: Acts 10:1 – 11:18: Good News for All

    In Matt 26 when Peter was supposed to be praying with Jesus he went to sleep, here a similar physical need interrupts his prayer, he’s hungry (in Peter’s retelling says he fell asleep here too πŸ™‚ But God uses the two situations quite differently – here his hunger gives him a vision! When God says… [&hellip...

  • E100-74: Acts 8:26 – 8:40: Philip preaches Isaiah

    Jul 29, 10 • Acts, E100Comments Off on E100-74: Acts 8:26 – 8:40: Philip preaches Isaiah
    E100-74: Acts 8:26 – 8:40: Philip preaches Isaiah

    There are a couple of things to notice here: firstly how Luke stresses the role of the Holy Spirit (or rather, God, since at the start it is β€œan angel of the Lord”) it may have been a desert/wilderness road but like Abraham in Gen 12 β€œhe got up and went” our response to such [&hellip...

  • E100-73: Acts 6:8 – 8:8: Stephen the witness

    Jul 28, 10 • Acts, E100Comments Off on E100-73: Acts 6:8 – 8:8: Stephen the witness
    E100-73: Acts 6:8 – 8:8: Stephen the witness

    Stephen is a “martyr” (in English that means someone who dies for their beliefs, but in Greek it means someone who bears witness to their faith). Stephen points to Jesus, and witnesses to truth – even at expense of speaking against β€œholy” things. In his defense he retells the story of salvation Heilsgeschichte but focused [&hellip...

  • E100-72: Acts 3:1 – 4:37: The rejected stone

    Jul 27, 10 • Acts, E100, PsalmsComments Off on E100-72: Acts 3:1 – 4:37: The rejected stone
    E100-72: Acts 3:1 – 4:37: The rejected stone

    Peter gets some powerful lines in these two great chapters πŸ™‚ Since I was a child I’ve loved his: “I don’t have silver and gold, but what I do have I’ll give you. Get up and walk!” So different from what we usually hear… And then when faced by the authorities he talks about his [&hellip...

  • E100-71: Acts 2:1–47: The Day of Pentecost

    Jul 26, 10 • Acts, E100Comments Off on E100-71: Acts 2:1–47: The Day of Pentecost
    E100-71: Acts 2:1–47: The Day of Pentecost

    What a chapter! What a day! An unheard of miracle that foreshadows the spread of the gospel to all the world and the fellowship that transcends frontiers and cultures. Like in Joel everyone receives God’s Spirit, young as well as old, women and men alike, slave and free, the Spirit bursts all human categories. Indeed [&hellip...

  • E100: Week 15: The Spirit breaks loose!

    Jul 25, 10 • Acts, E100, NTComments Off on E100: Week 15: The Spirit breaks loose!
    E100: Week 15: The Spirit breaks loose!

    The last reading last week about the ascension of Jesus to heaven explained that soon the Spirit would come. The disciples might not know all the secrets of God (as religions forever claim to do), but they will experience and share God’s power. Then in the first reading this week we move from the ascension [&hellip...

  • E100-70: Acts 1:1 – 11: The Ascension

    Jul 23, 10 • Acts, E100, Jesus, NTComments Off on E100-70: Acts 1:1 – 11: The Ascension
    E100-70: Acts 1:1 – 11: The Ascension

    Luke begins his sequel to the gospel “In the first book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning… but his summary ocuses on the resurrection and stresses that it was real. He then reports the risen Jesus telling the disciples to wait in Jerusalem for the Spirit, who he [&hellip...

  • E100-65: John 11:1 – 11:57: A miracle among friends

    Jul 16, 10 • E100, Jesus, JohnComments Off on E100-65: John 11:1 – 11:57: A miracle among friends
    E100-65: John 11:1 – 11:57: A miracle among friends

    What’s a little miracle among friends? Yet Jesus seems to avoid performing one that would have saved his friends great pain, only to perform a greater one! And then there’s the ominous clouds gathering that by the end of the chapter foretell the storm to follow. Noticing some detail of how John tells this great [&hellip...

  • E100-64: Mark 5:1 – 20: A miracle among pagans

    Jul 15, 10 • E100, Jesus, MarkComments Off on E100-64: Mark 5:1 – 20: A miracle among pagans
    E100-64: Mark 5:1 – 20: A miracle among pagans

    For this podcast I won’t deal with all the interesting questions about multiple demon possession, or even demons in pigs, but will focus on the beginning (and location) and especially the end of the story because they tell us why this story was remembered (though actually the pigs and the multiple demons do make it [&hellip...

  • E100-63: John 9:1 – 9:41: Who sinned? And who’s really blind?

    Jul 14, 10 • E100, Jesus, JohnComments Off on E100-63: John 9:1 – 9:41: Who sinned? And who’s really blind?
    E100-63: John 9:1 – 9:41: Who sinned? And who’s really blind?

    Notice the opening – beginnings are often important – and in this case that importance is highlighted when the theme is repeated, that’s another clue – we repeat things that matter! The man born blind is a great character, do enjoy listening to him β€œnaively” running rings round the clever religious scholars πŸ™‚ So, it’s [&hellip...