Author Archives: Steve Bilynskyj

Common Ground

Nein! That was the essence and title of Karl Barth’s reply in 1934 to an essay by Emil Brunner entitled Natural Theology. Barth and Brunner broke a long-standing friendship over the issue of whether there is any “natural” knowledge of … Continue reading

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Noble Minds

Modern Veria (Veroia) in Greece, the site of ancient Berea (Beroea), was the home of one of the oldest continuously existing Jewish communities until the Nazi’s deported all the Jewish quarter residents during World War II. An old stone 17th … Continue reading

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Jailer Goes Free

This picture is from our family’s visit to ancient Philippi 15 years ago. It is of a crypt, probably a water cistern, mistakenly identified in the fifth century as the jail cell where Paul and Silas were held. It became … Continue reading

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Saving Invasion

Fifteen years ago my family saw this mosaic standing in the middle of the modern city of Verea in Greece (that’s Berea in the New Testament). It recalls the first episode from this week’s text in Acts 16:6-15. In verse … Continue reading

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Partings and Partners

As I consider this week’s text for the next episode of Acts in our summer study of that book, Acts 15:36 – 16:5, it occurs to me that one might account for the dispute between Barnabas and Paul in terms … Continue reading

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Gravity or Grace?

“So I saw in my dream, that just as Christian came up with the cross, his burden loosed from off his shoulders, and fell off his back, and began to tumble, and so continued to do till it came to … Continue reading

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Gods among Us

Paul and Barnabas experienced an honor that political leaders of their time coveted and which some politicians might still like to have today. In Lystra, they were hailed as gods after they healed a lame man. Barnabas, perhaps the bigger … Continue reading

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Freedom

As our nation gets ready once again to celebrate political liberty with fried chicken and fireworks on the 4th of July, the epistle reading for this Sunday, Romans 6:12-23, reminds us that the great liberty of the Christian is not … Continue reading

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Into Community

We sent the new boy over to the next camp to borrow a “bacon stretcher.” That was a typical “initiation” prank for our Boy Scout troop in my early teens. Happily, we had excellent adult leaders who prevented most of … Continue reading

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On Us All

I was always jealous of Bobby. His father owned the hobby shop in our town. In junior high, Bobby always had the coolest stuff: model rockets, a remote controlled airplane, ham radio gear, even a huge, wonderful, sparking Tesla coil … Continue reading

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