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Invite People Into Your Home

Written by Stephanie Graham It takes courage to open your home to others, especially if you are not a social person. Our home is our sanctuary and many people keep that space all to themselves. But what if God entrusts our homes to us so that we can serve as a hospital for the hurting, ...

Speaking in Tongues: Ecstatic Babel or Foreign Language?

In his 2001 book Gift and Giver: The Holy Spirit for Today, biblical scholar Craig Keener tells the story of a man he had met in a charismatic church, who came up to him during congregational prayer and began interceding for him.[1] Instead of praying in English, the man made a series of buzzing sounds ...

Recommended Commentaries on the Book of Acts

Having just launched a months-long sermon series on the book of Acts (called “Acts and the Early Church”), the pastoral staff at University Assembly would like to encourage its congregants not only to read along as the series unfolds, but also to use a good commentary or two to help shed light on this gripping ...

Can “Allah” and “God” Be Used Interchangeably?

Guest post by Dr. Craig L. Blomberg For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you. (Acts 17:23) Timothy ...

Two Kinds of Tolerance

Guest post by Dr. Craig L. Blomberg Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who ...

Whom Was the Book of Acts Written To?

Like the Gospel of Luke, the book of Acts is explicitly addressed to a certain “Theophilus” (Luke 1:3; Acts 1:1). Meaning “lover of God” or “friend of God,” this name has often been understood, especially among preachers, as a generic or symbolic reference to all Christians. For at least two reasons, though, it more likely ...

Who Wrote the Book of Acts?

Most Christians, if forced to answer the question posed above, would probably be able to articulate—and rightly so—that a certain “Luke” is the author of Acts. At the same time, however, they’d probably be surprised to learn that the book nowhere mentions this name. In fact, along with the four canonical Gospels, Acts is widely ...