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Proclaiming the Unknown God: Paul's Mars Hill Discourse.

Acts 17:22-23 So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, "Men of Athens, I observe that you are very religious in all respects. For while I was passing through and examining the objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, 'TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.' Therefore what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you. Introduction The Apostle Paul in his second missionary journey found himself in Athens after the uproar following his ministry in Berea led the believers there to send him away from the spot of trouble. Finding himself in Athens — a city notable in the first century for its art and magnificent architectural masterpieces, his strong monotheistic mind and knowledge of God's saving grace was deeply troubled by the overt idolatry prevalent in Athens. In his attempt to do something about the matter, he begun to minister the gospel both in the religious and civil spaces; his ministry to Athenians particularly the Epicurean and St

Going Home

Some couple of days ago, my siblings and I were discussing the circumstances of my father's death; while trying to understand his death against the backdrop of the word of faith tradition we grew up in and the many healing ministers that ministered to him and assured my mom that the sickness was not unto death. So strong was the faith that after his death, autopsy and embalmment, some of my siblings and my dad's ministerial associates expected him to rise from the dead on the morning of the burial. As a doctor who has seen quite a number of patients with terminal illnesses and a Christian also who believes God heals sicknesses, it wasn't difficult for me to retain a level of professional skepticism while at the same time trusting God to do that which in His sovereign purpose will redound to His glory. So we tend to ask these questions: did God lie? Has he retired from the Healing Business? Was it his will for my dad to die when he died? Etc. We may never be able to re