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Throwback: Pentecost Is Not The Church’s Birthday

It was mission that gave them their sense of separate identity from their Jewish roots. The Church was born in Antioch, not Jerusalem.

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The Language of Pentecost

I find it slightly ironic (though unavoidable) that Luke’s great story of the gospel being understood in multiple languages was recorded in just one language.

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Books I Have Read: Biblical Theology According to the Apostles

Generally, sometime in the spring, I start a book review with the words, this may just be the best book that I read all year. This is that point for 2020. IVP has provided me with a pre-publication pdf of Biblical Theology According to the Apostles: How The Earliest Christians Told The Story Of Israel […]

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Jesus Can Calm The Storm, But It Doesn’t Mean That He Will!

Our job, is to trust and to bring glory to God in whatever circumstances we find ourselves, but – you know what? – it’s tough. It would be lovely to write that I know that God is going to preserve us all through this crisis, that he will still the coronavirus storm and that we will be unharmed – but I can’t.

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That Will Never Work

One of the problems of being a bloke in his sixties who has been involved in mission work and leadership in various parts of the world is that I’ve seen it all before…

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Actions and Words

Barnabas took Mark and disappeared from Luke’s narrative, but he entered our future marking the path for those who would be the disciples of Jesus. That path requires trust – sometimes, often times, almost every time – of those who are marked by failure in relationship.

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Languages and the Kingdom

A quote from a commentary on Acts Chapter Two which sums up much of what has driven my whole adult life.

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Where the Spirit of God Is.

The deepest reality of life in the Spirit depicted in the book of Acts is that the disciples of Jesus rarely, if ever, go where they want to go or to whom they they would want to go.

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What Luke Doesn’t Tell Us

Because we focus on Paul and on the great names in history we forget the role of the vast majority of missionaries whose names are found in the book of life, if not in church history books.

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A Biblical Example of Mission for Today?

In other words, Apollos was a converted African Jew, who did further Bible training in Asia and who ministered in Europe. His background and formation were not just international, they were inter-continental. Not only that but Apollos came from outside of the centre of the contemporary mission movement of the time – he wasn’t one of Paul’s companions from Ephesus, he came from the margins.