Pretext

17 Then Paul called one of the centurions and said, “Take this young man to the commander; he has something to tell him.”18 So he took him to the commander. The centurion said, “Paul, the prisoner, sent for me and asked me to bring this young man to you because he has something to tell […]

Conspiracy Theory

12 When it was day, the Jews formed a conspiracy and bound themselves under a curse: neither to eat nor to drink until they had killed Paul.13 There were more than 40 who had formed this plot.  (Acts 23:12-13, HCSB)  The internet has really changed things.  Before the web, hearing a conspiracy theory was somewhat […]

Standing with Jesus

As you may recall, in Acts 23 Paul is giving an account of his ministry before the Sanhedrin (Jewish religious leaders) in Jerusalem: 10 When the dispute became violent, the commander feared that Paul might be torn apart by them and ordered the troops to go down, rescue him from them, and bring him into […]

Mask-wearing

Acts 23:1-3 (HCSB) 1 Paul looked intently at the Sanhedrin and said, “Brothers, I have lived my life before God in all good conscience until this day.”2 But the high priest Ananias ordered those who were standing next to him to strike him on the mouth.3 Then Paul said to him, “God is going to […]