acts 19:8-10 & campus ministry

Glen Davis, Chi Alpha director at Stanford, referred me to this passage yesterday:

And he entered the synagogue and for three months spoke boldly, reasoning and persuading them about the kingdom of God. But when some became stubborn and continued in unbelief, speaking evil of the Way before the congregation, he withdrew from them and took the disciples with him, reasoning daily in the hall of Tyrannus. This continued for two years, so that all the residents of Asia heard the word of the Lord, both Jews and Greeks. (Acts 19:8-10 ESV)

This is a phenomenal Scripture for describing what we get to do as college ministers. Though Paul began in Ephesus as he usually did, preaching the Way among the religious, he ultimately moved on to Tyrannus’s hall. In that center for lecture and leisure, he and other Christians reasoned with the people for two years.

And what happened? Because of their focused work in this influential spot, the whole region heard the word – both those who already knew of God and those who didn’t. Paul and his buddies seem to have worked in a location where…

  • people were willing to consider new thoughts and arguments
  • many different people encountered their work in a short time
  • the people who cycled through ultimately had influence far beyond their city
  • they were within a major center of culture

Paul was a missionary to the Ephesian tribe (in those years). Glen is a missionary to the Cardinal tribe. Who are you a missionary to?

If you have some thoughts, I’d love for you to lend your wisdom to yesterday’s post!

written from San Francisco in the house of Wes Woodell, leader with Campus Ministry United


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Road Trip 13: Day 10 recap
hanging out in Palo Alto and San Francisco, CA
T-shirt: the Oredigger tribe of Colorado School of Mines
today: more Stanford, then headed south! I will be speaking at the CollegeLeader Conference starting Thursday, so please be praying for that!

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  1. Hey, great thoughts. I’m a missionary to Boise State University, and have been thrilled to see opportunities arise this year for debating with the Secular Student Alliance, and others. This is where we “pray for open doors” so we have the opportunity to speak boldly, and publicly.

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