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Intrusive God, Disruptive Gospel: Encountering the Divine in the Book of Acts

, 2015
ISBN: 9781441248626
  • Format:Digital



This engaging book guides readers through one of the most colorful books of the Bible, illuminating passages from Acts that show the Christian gospel expressing itself through the lives, speech, struggles, and adventures of Jesus’ followers. Intrusive God, Disruptive Gospel emphasizes the disruptive character of the Christian gospel and shows how Acts repeatedly describes God as upsetting the status quo by changing people’s lives, society’s conventions, and our basic expectations of what’s possible. Suited for individual and group study, this book by Matthew Skinner asks serious questions and eschews pat answers, bringing Acts alive for contemporary reflection on the character of God, the challenges of faith, and the church.

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Key Features

  • Illuminates the gospel in Acts
  • Examines the character of God and challenges of faith
  • Provides helpful study for individuals and groups

Praise for the Print Edition

Matthew Skinner probes the book of Acts in an impressively effective way. He successfully negotiates the vexed issue of history and theology and offers a concise, accessible theological twist to every text he considers. His study shows the way in which the narrative text of Acts continues to be compelling for the church’s self-understanding and mission.

Walter Brueggemann, William Marcellus McPheeters Professor of Old Testament Emeritus, Columbia Theological Seminary

The book of Acts tells an exciting story that warrants the sort of engagement it is afforded here. Skinner takes us beyond the pedantic concerns of academia to experience the power of the story itself, to participate in its transformations and discoveries. Anyone who is spiritual and/or religious will benefit from this disruptive encounter with ‘absurdly good news.’

Mark Allan Powell, professor of New Testament, Trinity Lutheran Seminary

  • Title: Intrusive God, Disruptive Gospel: Encountering the Divine in the Book of Acts
  • Author: Matthew L. Skinner
  • Publisher: Brazos
  • Print Publication Date: 2015
  • Logos Release Date: 2017
  • Pages: 208
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Bible. N.T. Acts › Commentaries; Bible. N.T. Acts › Criticism, interpretation, etc
  • ISBNs: 9781441248626, 9781587433757
  • Resource Type: Bible Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2020-12-07T16:17:12Z

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Matthew L. Skinner is professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is coeditor of The Unrelenting God: Essays on God’s Action in Scripture in Honor of Beverly Roberts Gaventa.

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