Month: April 2011

Understanding the Book of Acts—Part 3: More Similarities Between Luke and Acts

Be sure to read Part 1 and Part 2. Continuing our walk through the book of Acts, we can note the following similarities between what happened to Jesus in the Gospel of Luke and what happens in the life of the Church in Acts. A centurion. . . A centurion, well-spoken of by the Jews, sends servants to …

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Understanding the Book of Acts: Part 2—Acts of Jesus & Acts of the Apostles

In the first post of this series I highlighted the unity of Luke-Acts. I emphasized that the two books seem to show us that the ministry of Jesus is continued through his Church. Now I want to begin to move closely through the narrative, highlighting the way this theological truth is underscored. Indeed, for the reader …

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Understanding the Book of Acts: Part 1—“Why Do You Persecute Me?”

As we begin the Easter season, the liturgy—particularly the lectionary readings—turn our attention to the Book of Acts. Here then I thought I’d return to some material I’ve touched upon here in the past, namely, the link between the Acts of the Apostles and the life of Christ in the Gospel of Luke. Indeed, once …

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Holy Thursday

Whether you hold, with some Syriac Fathers, that Christ instituted the Eucharist on Tuesday — or, with the Western tradition, that He instituted it on Thursday — today, Holy Thursday, is the day the Catholic Church remembers the event liturgically. I’m about to leave with my kids for the Chrism Mass in my diocese. It’s …

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Our Big Day

This is a big moment for us—for you and me and those who share in the work of the St. Paul Center. In a sense, it’s a moment we’ve been waiting for since the very day we launched this apostolate. This month we mark the release of the sixth volume of our journal, Letter & …

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Presenting a Paper for the Matthew Section at SBL

I got word this week that the paper I proposed for the Matthew section at this year’s annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature was accepted. Here’s the abstract: Jesus’ Teaching on the Law, Deuteronomic Concessions and Eschatological Righteousness: A Re-examination of the Teaching on Divorce and Remarriage in Matthew 5:31–32 In the Sermon …

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