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To An Unknown God


The thinkers and philosophers who gathered to grill the apostle Paul on his beliefs atop the Areopagus had heard many things in their time. Athens had always been a centre of knowledge and education; it was the city that had produced Aristotle, Plato, and Socrates and it carried the intellectual stature to match that tradition. The men Paul spoke with probably thought they had heard every idea under the sun. According to Luke, the historian who travelled with and wrote about Paul, they did little else with their time but talk about and listen to ideas. A revolutionary claim There was something...
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Temples Built by Human Hands

Sitting on the Areopagus, right where Paul stood and addressed the assembly, I couldn’t help but be filled with questions: How can steps carved into ancient rock be that slippy? What VSCO preset would make my photos look nicest? Why do people insist on taking that many selfies in a single location? And, more importantly, what was Paul thinking to stand there and say the things that he said? As I looked around I was surrounded by the wonders of ancient Athens. To one side, so close that you feel could almost spit on it, is the Acropolis. It dominates the view, crowned...
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There’s More to Life

I wonder if the men who escorted Paul to Athens parted with the words, “try to stay out of trouble”. I know I’ve heard those words plenty of times, usually immediately before I find some form of trouble. You could’ve forgiven Paul for laying low in Athens, having had to leave Thessalonica and Berea because of opposition, but as we’ve already seen in this study, Paul did anything but. It wasn’t long before he’d come to the attention of the intellectual elites within the city and was being questioned about this good news that he preached. Then they took him and brought him...
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The Idols of our Time

In the book of Acts we read the history of the early church and the travels of the Apostle Paul as the Christian faith spread outwards from Judea to Asia Minor (modern day Turkey) and Europe. We read of signs and wonders, shipwrecks, miraculous conversions, riots and trials-stories of travel and ancient culture inter-mingled with great self sacrifice and generosity. In Acts chapter 17, Paul was hounded out of the city of Thessalonica (Thessaloniki) and then promptly forced to leave Berea too, for his own safety. Those escorting Paul went with him all the way to Athens; then they returned to Berea...
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