Barbarians in the Church

Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. (Colossians 3:11, NIV) Before we dig into this, let’s define some terms: Greek – the most educated, erudite, sophisticated people in the world. Jew – God’s chosen people. Circumcised – strict followers […]

Lord, Deliver Me from Christians

When Jesus appeared to Paul on the Road to Damascus, the Lord began to outline to the future apostle what his ministry would look like. Jesus said: I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them.(Acts 26:17, NIV) This is such an interesting statement to me. […]

Pass the bacon, please.

Acts 15:1-2 (NIV) 1 Some men came down from Judea to Antioch and were teaching the brothers: “Unless you are circumcised, according to the custom taught by Moses, you cannot be saved.” 2 This brought Paul and Barnabas into sharp dispute and debate with them. So Paul and Barnabas were appointed, along with some other […]

Diversity!

“In the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have […]