164: The Trials of Paul (NT Gospel Doctrine Lesson 38)

“Thou Hast Testified of Me”


The story of Paul defending himself and his message before councils and kings at the end of Acts is not only entertaining, but models a moving balance of acceptance and effective communication.


Class Member Reading: Acts 21-28

Additional Reading: None

Scripture Chain: Acts 26:22–23;Acts 28:30–31; Romans 1:16; D&C 18:10–16; D&C 33:7–11


You can access the Annotated Reading here (or PDF)

You can access the Lesson Notes here (or PDF)



00:00 Introduction
02:00 Correction to consider/New episode structure
02:53 Fundraising update
04:02 Episode outline
Sunday School
05:58 Framing/Cast of characters
11:06 Two-minute Take Home
12:14 Reading commentary
22:19 The power of telling stories
23:13 “How to criticize with kindness”
25:07 Kicking against the goads! (“pricks”)
26:50 Attitude
27:36 “Almost thou persuades me to be a Christian” (Acts 26:28)
28:07 Callings and vocations
29:49 Acts 21
35:57 Acts 22
40:40 Acts 23
45:58 Acts 24
49:48 Acts 25
54:01 Acts 26
59:04 Acts 27
01:05:15 Acts 28
01:10:03 Scripture chain
Scripture Study
01:13:15 New Testament anti-Judaism
01:18:09 Who is “we”?
01:20:06 Paul’s conversion accounts
01:21:11 Book recommendations
Study Notes
01:24:36 Memory, stories, myth, truth, and fiction
01:27:02 Telling stories and effective communication



Paul, a chosen vessel, the LDS.org video about these chapters

Lesson 38, Mormon Women Project: Our Cooperative Ministry

Rules for effective debate, Daniel Dennett

How our memories work (or don’t!), a selection of TED talks

Recommended app, Crystal, that removes ads and make your device run faster

Recommended Reading

The New Testament Made Harder, James Faulconer

The Jewish Annotated New Testament

A Maxwell Institute interview with the editor of the Jewish Annotated New Testament


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