Day 167: Paul: Missionary to the Jews…and then not so much

Acts 13:13-52 (AD 48) This was a very conciliatory way of preaching to the Jews, despite the fact Paul was expelled from the entire region because of it. There was no notion in his message the whole nation was responsible for the murder of Jesus. References to prophets without pointing out a lot of them … More Day 167: Paul: Missionary to the Jews…and then not so much

Day 133: God gives us history as well as hope

Mark 15:42-46; Matthew 27:62-66; Luke 23:55-56 (spring AD 30, Friday night to Saturday of Passion Week) Spoiler alert: Jesus rose from the dead, as we’ll see in the next reading. Now we’ve established that, it’s useful to note from today’s verses – regarding events before the resurrection – how the gospel writers inserted important details … More Day 133: God gives us history as well as hope

Day 49: Peas on earth?

Matthew 10:26-11:1 (AD 28) ‘Peas on earth.’ ‘Give peas a chance’ (my favourite piece of graffiti, which was on a railway bridge over a motorway outside London for 20 years). Or as the famous Christian song/hymn says, ‘PEEEEEEEAAAAAAA…son earth’. But what does the Bible say about peace? Compare these three passages from three different gospels, … More Day 49: Peas on earth?