Monday, February 9, 2009
Resistance to the message of the apostles
The same thing occurred in Iconium, where Paul and Barnabas went into the Jewish synagogue and spoke in such a way that a great number of both Jews and Greeks became believers. But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brothers. So they remained for a long time, speaking boldly for the Lord, who testified to the word of his grace by granting signs and wonders to be done through them. But the residents of the city were divided; some sided with the Jews, and some with the apostles. And when an attempt was made by both Gentiles and Jews, with their rulers, to mistreat them and to stone them, the apostles learned of it and fled to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycaonia, and to the surrounding country; and there they continued proclaiming the good news.
Comments: Sound like what has happened in such places at the Dioceses of Ft. Worth, Pittsburgh and San Joachin in the Episcopal Church. I wish we would read our Bibles more and do less mud slinging. Thanks be to God, Ft. Worth is getting its act together and the Spirit is moving.