The Acts of the Apostles is a unique and crucial book that chronicles the story of God’s grace flooding out to the world through the lives of the apostles in the decades immediately following Christ’s ascension into heaven. In Acts: Catching up with the Spirit, author and biblical scholar Matthew Skinner provides a broad yet theologically attuned introduction to this important book and its story of the early church learning to bear witness about God’s salvation through Jesus Christ. Skinner explores six key themes that illustrate the ways in which reading Acts is capable of igniting our imagination about the character of the Christian message, the work of God’s people (the church), and the challenges of living faithfully in a complex and changing world. Additional components for a six-week study include a DVD featuring Matthew Skinner and a comprehensive Leader Guide.
Through this book, Skinner calls us to a daring life, risking not so much mere stormy seas, snakebites, magicians, but real daring, risking following the Holy Spirit into deep (even sacrificial) care of our neighbor at both the personal and social systemic levels, transformative hospitality, expansive inclusion, and, in Skinner’s words, “generous unity.” Jaime Clark-Soles, Professor of New Testament, Perkins School of Theology
Matt Skinner’s invitation is to notice how God has acted before in Acts so that we might together wonder anew where God is leading us today. On this necessary but difficult journey, Skinner is a consummate scholar, a vivid writer, a gifted theologian, and a loving guide. Eric D. Barreto, Weyerhaeuser Associate Professor of New Testament, Princeton Theological Seminary
What happens when Star Wars, Johnny Cash, and earthquake preparedness all walk into a book about the Acts of the Apostles? They come together in ways that are engaging, instructive, and challenging—at least they do if Matthew Skinner wrote the book. This is a delightful read, suitable for individual or group study. Beverly Roberts Gaventa, Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Baylor University
Come experience the travel narrative of Acts, tracking the exciting journey of the early church from Jerusalem to Rome, across land and sea, full of dramatic sights and sounds, twists and turns—all propelled by God’s dynamic Spirit. I know of no better guide for this amazing trek than Matthew Skinner, a frontline biblical scholar, master communicator, and dedicated servant of God and the church. Come enjoy the ride and get caught up in the Spirit of Acts! F. Scott Spencer, (PhD, Durham University, England), author of The Gospel of Luke and Acts of the Apostles
Matthew Skinner is Professor of New Testament at Luther Seminary and has contributed to various resources for scholars, church leaders, and laypeople interested in the Bible’s connections to faith and life. He is the author of Intrusive God, Disruptive Gospel: Encountering the Divine in the Book of Acts, A Companion to the New Testament, and The Trial Narratives: Conflict, Power, and Identity in the New Testament. He has written about the Bible for websites including Huffington Post, Working Preacher, and ON Scripture and he co-hosts Sermon Brainwave, a popular weekly podcast that offers assistance to preachers as they interpret biblical texts to prepare their sermons.