Session 4, addressing unity of Luke-Acts, parallel lives (relevance for Luke-Acts), etc., and miracle claims.
Continuing the theme of Acts as historiography from previous lectures. 1 hour.
Luke’s Christmas message: Jesus vs. the Empire
This was my practice for a message for Asbury’s chapel on Dec. 3, 2015. I needed to practice because I am coherent at night but not very early in the day!
Luke’s Gospel begins and ends in Jerusalem. His sequel, the Book of Acts, begins in Jerusalem but ends in Rome. Theologically, this is movement from heritage to mission: holding on to the heritage but moving forward into mission. In the same way, we need to be grounded in the Scriptures, so our action will be consistent with all that God has done before us, yet also moved by the Spirit, so we can reach those parts of humanity not yet reached.
I preached this Advent message recently:
Several months ago I posted a link to an article I wrote in Christianity Today but it was apparently embargoed at that time. If I’m not mistaken, it should now be visible …
7-minute lecture clip by Acts scholar Craig Keener.
For 23 free lectures on Acts, see http://faculty.gordon.edu/hu/bi/ted_hildebrandt/DigitalCourses/00_DigitalBiblicalStudiesCourses.html#Acts_Keener
Christianity Today published Craig’s article, “When Jesus Wanted All my Money,” at http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2015/may/when-jesus-wanted-all-my-money.html. It was supposed to be about a verse that impacted him, so he chose Luke 12:33 and developed it in light of a theme that runs throughout Luke’s Gospel, sharing also how it impacted him.
Later note: this article is now locked for nonsubscribers to CT, so that only the opening paragraphs are visible. For nonsubscribers, a full copy of a related article will be posted here, probably in August 2015.
In this five-minute video, Craig talks about the first Christmas in Luke 2:1-7 and how it contrasts the true, humble, heavenly king with the pomp of the earthly emperor.