Loving the Lord with Our Minds — The Apostle Paul in Acts 17 (Part 1)

19 Jan

As those of you who read this blog know, I’m preparing four messages for my time at Emmaus Bible College’s “Christian Ministry Seminars” February 6 and 7.  One of my messages — The main topic for my series is “Anti-Intellectualism Isn’t Spirituality!” — will survey Paul’s experience at Mars Hill in Acts 17.  He uses his mind to engage his audience and provides, I believe, a model for our doing the same in our culture.

The first task we need to take on is carefully reading Acts 17:16-34 which says —

screen-shot-2017-01-17-at-6-05-35-amI’m not sure how you study a passage of Scripture, but I want to screen-shot-2017-01-17-at-5-57-12-amwork our way through this text sentence by sentence, paragraph by paragraph, and observe carefully Paul’s approach to these people.  We will start that process in our next post.

May I suggest that you either read this text in a Bible you don’t mind marking up — or print out this post and mark up the text?  Make as many observations as you can.  What terms need to be defined?  What principles do you see in using your mind to love the Lord and reach the people around you?

Who’s with me?  Jot a note in the comment section below!


Posted by on January 19, 2017 in Acts 17, Uncategorized


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6 responses to “Loving the Lord with Our Minds — The Apostle Paul in Acts 17 (Part 1)

  1. Anonymous

    January 19, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Here am I… Lew Wayburn

    • Dr. Larry Dixon

      January 20, 2017 at 4:59 am

      Oh. I get it! You’re the best, Lew! Larry

  2. Dr. Larry Dixon

    January 19, 2017 at 9:39 am

    Hello, my friend. Not sure what you mean by “Here am I.” Where else would you be? And if you were somewhere else, wouldn’t it be “There I am”? But “here” presupposes geographical proximity and spatial identity, no? There you go. I mean, there I go. No. Here I go . . . (Larry)

  3. Erwin

    January 19, 2017 at 9:56 am

    I am keen to learn how a pro does state-of-the-art exegesis. Will be following your posts!

    • Dr. Larry Dixon

      January 20, 2017 at 4:59 am

      Wow. Talk about pressure! Good to hear from you. Larry

  4. John

    January 20, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    What are the idols in our day that people worship?
    The philosophies of the Epicureans and Stoics [abd Hedonists] are with us today. How so?
    The Greeks were constantly talking about and looking for new ideas. How is this going on today?
    Is there a final answer to life? Yes, God of creation has made us (rather than us make him in these idols) and validated Himself through Jesus and his resurrection.


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