In today’s reading, Acts 5, there could be no greater contrast than that between the couple Ananias and Sapphira and the apostles. The couple, pretending to follow Barnabas’ example, lie and keep a part of the price of their land, evidently, to impress others and win a good reputation among the disciples. Continue reading

Would you look at that! What a coincidence that Peter and John were carrying on with their lives normally when out of nowhere an opportunity appeared for them to teach the gospel. Wouldn’t it be great if we had that too? But it didn’t happen quite like that. Read the biblical text once, then twice:

Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the time for prayer, at three o’clock in the afternoon.
Acts 3:1 NET

Unjustified conclusions are often drawn from the biblical text. The verse above informs us when Peter and John went up to the temple, “at the time for prayer,” but it doesn’t disclose the reason why they went there. It’s common to hear people say that they also went to the temple to pray. Continue reading