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Who Let Paul Into the Synagogue?
Anyone remember these guys? Did you have a favorite song?
I remember Hall and Oats!
Read this last night, and thought it was great.
Paul clearly had standing as a rabbi that admitted him to the synagogues. I always envied his clear access to pre-evangelized audiences who knew the story he was telling and were willing to hear his conclusions about their covenant.
I am not sure doswanger’s article captures the essence of the open door Paul merited. He was kicked out of synagogue repeatedly but sways harvested disciples among the Jews and especially the God-fearing Gentiles.
Paul was announcing Jesus as the fulfillment of their long story. Hence the appellation “good news.” The Gospel was the announcement of the long awaited Davidic King and his inauguration of new covenant by the out poured Spirit and forgiveness of sin.
Let’s push his critique a little and ask “What are these churches not saying, which Jesus if they let him (in us) preach would say?”
I’m trying to get to the root of the critique.
Jean, I’m not sure that it all comes down to substance, though I think that we might approach even that differently if things are more dialogic, but I have definitely experienced situations where a brother or sister were able to bring light to a truth in a way that would not have been so clear otherwise.
I mean, if content was all that mattered, we could just find the smartest Bible guy, record his stuff and hit play every Sunday. There are plenty of churches that practically do that now. God has blessed us with knowledge, skill, personality, creativity, and ultimately the Spirit, there is a lot to be gained from each other.
I see now where you’re coming from. Paul may agree too:
“Let two or three prophets speak, and let the others weigh what is said. If a revelation is made to another sitting there, let the first be silent. For you can all prophesy one by one, so that all may learn and all be encouraged, and the spirits of prophets are subject to prophets.”
1 Corinthians 14:29-32 ESV
Thank God for College Football.
I posted a couple of blog posts this week. One about free speech, the other about embracing the times God has us living in (rather than just cursing them).
I checked out you blog. That’s good stuff there.
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