Tag Archives: Acts 7

  1. Low points and high spots (Acts 6.1 – 7.2a, 44-60; Luke 23.33-34a, 46) [sermon 4-30-2017]


    April 26, 2017 by jmar198013

    Many look to the book of Acts as a blueprint for how the church ought to be, but it’s really more of a portrait of how the church was–and often is.

    Luke makes sure we see both the low points and the high spots of the first decades of the church. We see some of these in our lesson today, as the church deals with a problem of neglect of minority widows; overwhelmed (and out of touch?) leadership; and the brutal lynching of one of its ministers. These stories all show us both low points and high spots in the life of the early church.

  2. Slouching toward Emmaus: what did Jesus say to the disciples that set their hearts on fire?

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    November 6, 2015 by jmar198013

    In Luke 24.13ff, Jesus appears to two of his disciples on the road to Emmaus. They are grief-stricken and confused, not only by Jesus’ murder at the hands of the authorities, but by rumors that Jesus had been resurrected. At first the two men do not recognize the risen Jesus, but as they walk together, Luke tells us that he “interpreted for them the things written about [Jesus] in all the scriptures, starting with Moses and going through all the Prophets.” And once they had recognized the risen Jesus for who he was, they said: “Weren’t our hearts on fire when he spoke to us along the road and when he explained the scriptures for us?”

    We cannot be sure exactly what he said, but I strongly suspect it had many of the same ingredients as Stephen’s speech to the lynch mob in Acts 7. Jesus opened up the Scriptures to his disciples to show how humans have always been a crucifying people, and God has always been a resurrecting God.



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