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)

 

Timeline

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

 

Resources

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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