The Acts of the Apostles is the seventh chapter in the great story of the Bible. This chapter is extremely important because it tells how the followers of Jesus carried on after his ascension back to heaven. Did they lose their faith and give up their confidence in the messiahship of Jesus when he was no longer with them on earth? Or were they so convinced by his teachings and miracles that they continued sharing the good news even at great personal cost? The Book of Acts is the story of the expansion and growth of God’s kingdom through the faithful witness of the apostles who were empowered by the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit.
Growing up I remember our pastor at First Baptist Church of Eugene (Oregon) exhorting the church members before taking the offering with the words, “Now we are ready to receive the Lord’s tithe and your offering.” A tithe was thought to be the basic minimum for Christian giving. The “offering” was regarded as a voluntary…Continue reading Tithing for New Covenant Believers–Yes or No?
What is the relationship between the Gospel and the gospels? And why does our Gospel often bear little resemblance to what we see in the gospels? Those are the questions that Jonathan Pennington raises in this video promoting his new book Reading the Gospels Wisely: A Narrative and Theological Introduction. I don’t normally post promotional…Continue reading What Is the Gospel