Friday, 18th Week after Pentecost

Text: Acts 17:1-15

Prayer Pointers:

To remember that you are under the protection of the True King

To not give ultimate meaning to political or cultural forces

To live in the hope of the Resurrection

THE STORY OF ACTS continues on the road as it takes Paul to Athens, with eventful stops in Thessalonica and Beroea. Paul begins, as is his custom, in the Jewish synagogue, but troubles soon begin, for as Paul moves deeper into Greece, the challenges his Gospel presents to the political and cultural become harder to ignore. The city descends into chaos as a mob seeks Paul and his companions because they have come urging allegiance to an upstart king. As Paul moves deeper into Greece, his message will challenge even more deeply the political, cultural and religious life of his audience.

It is hard for Christians in our day to understand how counter-cultural Christianity is; we live in a world that has been built around the ethics and cultural practices of the faith and we assume that such circumstances are “normal.” But the Scriptures are clear that the normal situation of humanity is what Paul found as he traveled: humans are tribal and idolatrous. We are suspicious of those who are “not-us” and we build our cultures on the idols we make for ourselves. As the Church emerged, followers of the Way of Jesus were accused of being enemies of the state, polluters of culture, and atheists. No wonder people rioted! Yet as the Church grew and thrived, people discovered that the peaceable kingdom brought by the Resurrection of Jesus Christ put an end to the strife and sorrow, the cruelty and capriciousness they experienced.

As you live in our world that is changing, do not be afraid! Let us keep walking in the Way of Jesus, and be bearers of his peaceable kingdom to the world.

May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks


Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

824 N. Buchanan Blvd. 

Durham, NC 27701

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Mission Statement: We are called to Welcome Everyone to Walk the Way of GRACE, and walk in that way in our individual lives, in our shared life in our various communities, in our common life with our neighbors, and even to the world at large as God sends us. The Way of Grace is to: GROW with Jesus, REJOICE in God, ANSWER with hope, CARE for the neighbor, and EMBRACE community.

Vision Statement: God has a plan FOR OUR LIVES, and so we teach how to walk in the path of Jesus Christ; FOR OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, and so we work to build healthy and strong communities; FOR OUR CITY, and so we share life with our neighbors in Walltown, Trinity Park, Duke, and the Triangle; and FOR OUR WORLD, and so we go with Good News.

Core Values: Because God loves us first, we value worship rooted in Scripture and Sacraments, service to all people, and being a welcoming community that loves and forgives one another.