Into the margins of my life I am trying to squeeze assignments for my DMin. My focus at the moment is on the story of Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch. I am loving it for all sorts of reasons - not the least being the parallels between it and my favourite story of Jesus on the Road to Emmaus.
This morning I have been captured by some quotations in the Ben Witherington commentary on Acts (Eerdmans, 1998).
On page 293:
A major theme of Luke-Acts is the "universalization of the gospel - that it is for all people from the last, least, and lost to the first, most, and found."
A footnote took me back to his introductory pages where I found these words on page 69:
Luke is interested "in the universal spread of the good news not only up and down the social scale but geographically outward to the world ... one can say then that the Gospel of Luke focuses on the vertical (up and down the social scale) universalization of the gospel, while the Book of Acts focuses on horizontal universalization (to all peoples throughout the Empire)."
That really gets me going!