Posts by Kelly Kinder

Posts by Kelly Kinder

Colossians 1 | Who’s Number 1?

Our reading today brings us to the second of what is commonly known as the prison epistles (Ephesians, Colossians, Philemon, Philippians) since they were likely penned during Paul’s first imprisonment in Rome (Acts 28.30). Paul is writing to defend the gospel against the heretical teachers, both Jewish and proto-Gnostic, that had invaded the church at Colossae (modern day Turkey). While Paul is awaiting trial in prison, he receives news the very life of this church is threatened by this distorted…

Philippians 4 | “What Do You Think?”

I recently came across a story about a guy who was just about to jump from a bridge. A police officer noticed and walked slowly and carefully over to the man and began to engage him in a conversation. The officer was finally able to get within inches of the man and then said, “Surely nothing could be bad enough for you to take your life. What’s going on? Talk to me.” The man who was about to jump then…

Ephesians 2 | The Walking Alive

I can’t help it. When I read Paul’s words as he opens chapter 2 of Ephesians, my mind is drawn to a most macabre and distasteful reminder of one of this decade’s most-watched TV series – “The Walking Dead”. If you have not seen it, please don’t watch. While it’s based on a comic book series, it is not comical. The gritty drama portrays life in the months and years that follow a zombie apocalypse. The zombies colloquially referred to…

Acts 27 | How To Handle A Crisis

It seems every so often the news reports tell about a cruise liner that ends up with its passengers stranded without power or food and water out on the open sea. Or, some safety issue ends up with the loss of someone’s life. You may remember the headline back in 2013 when one such ship was left adrift in the Gulf of Mexico. It read, “Carnival Cruise Passengers ‘Blessed’ to Finally Be Home After 5 Days Without Power” after being…

Acts 23 | Looking for a Ride to Rome

Our reading today provides an example of how God uses the events of our lives to accomplish his purposes, even when “what we’re going through” at the time often makes no sense to us at all. It’s no secret Paul held a great desire to visit Rome and preach the gospel (Rom. 15:22-24). Yet, no matter how hard he tried, it just never seemed to work out. As we have read in Acts 19:21-22, Paul once again made these same…

Acts 16 | The Logic And Light Of The Gospel

“And when Paul had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go on into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.” Acts 16.10 One evening recently, I went to visit at a new friend’s home in an unfamiliar part of town. Normally, I use my phone’s GPS for those kinds of trips. This time was no exception. It guided me right to his home. I know the city well, but I will admit that I’m…

Acts 14 | Finishing What We Start

“…and from there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work that they had fulfilled.” Paul and Barnabus began their first missionary journey from the city of Antioch. Chapter 14 describes their effectiveness in several places – time and again they were run out of town. Arriving back in Antioch at the end of their journey, we might think such a trip would have left them worn out, disappointed, discouraged and…

Acts 5 | How Bold Are You?

“… during the night, an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said,“Go and … speak to the people all the words of this Life” (Acts 5.19-20).   I have recently been watching a series of videos from a guy on YouTube named, Nathaniel ‘Coyote’ Peterson. Peterson is a wildlife educator who does some crazy things to get his teachings out to the world. If you haven’t seen him in action, it’s fairly entertaining.…

Acts 2 | Will You Join Him?

Chapter 2 of the book of Acts begins by describing the coming of the Holy Spirit. There is a suggestion here, that the Spirit’s activity is most evident (filling the entire house) when believers gather in Jesus’ name. People from every ethnic group (every nation) “hear” the sound of the Spirit and are thus able to hear those same believers communicate the “mighty works of God”. This is truly a reversal of Babel (Gen. 10.1-11.25) when languages were confused due…

Acts 1 | Jesus is Still at Work

The book of Acts is a fascinating account of the life of the early first-century church.  It highlights the work of the Spirit of God powerfully advancing the gospel beyond every barrier. We can better interpret its message when we see the author’s theme and his arrangement of the book’s contents. The theme is essentially a historical narrative on the beginnings of the church and the expansion of the Gentile mission.  What is included by the author is therefore selective in order…