Galatians 2:11-21 (AD 48) All may have looked great in Gentile-Jewish Christian relations until Peter blew it, distancing himself from his Gentile brothers and sisters by refusing to eat with them when the Judaisers turned up. He showed himself, for a time, to be a hypocrite who turned other Jews (even Barnabas) into a hypocrite … More Day 189: Peter Messes Up Again
Acts 10:23b-11:18 (AD 44) Again we have complementary descriptions of what becoming a Christians looks like: God “accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right” (10:35) “All the prophets testify about [Jesus] that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name” (10:43) “even to Gentiles … More Day 163: Even to the Gentiles
Acts 10:1-23a (AD 42) Verse two is not a comprehensive statement of what it means to be a good Christian, but neither is it incidental. The Roman Centurion Cornelius was a “devout and God-fearing” man (not just him, but also his family). Furthermore, “he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly” … More Day 162: Living for God for People
Acts 2:14-41 (spring AD 30) I can’t off-hand think of a bolder or more potentially self-destructive way to conclude an evangelistic sermon than by telling everyone that they killed God. But that’s what Peter did. He was in front of at least 3,000 people, possibly many thousands, preaching from the Old Testament to prove that … More Day 144: Evangelising Murderers
John 14:1-14 (spring AD 30, Thursday evening of Passion Week) As Jesus spoke the words, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me” (v.1) he knew that he was minutes from arrest and hours from death. His primary concern was for the welfare of his disciples, even as … More Day 116: You and God: Relationship or Lifestyle?