“Is the Pastor In?”: A Brief Look at a Misnomer

The telephone rings and I answer it. The person on the other end asks the following question: “is the pastor in?” To which I reply, “No, we have no pastors, but I’m an evangelist can I help you?” The phone is silent for a few seconds, often followed with some stuttering; the refrain repeats uneasily, “is the pastor in?” They are seeking the preacher but that is not the preacher’s title, nor description in the New Testament.

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Who is Claudius Lysias?

Claudius Lysias, the tribune, appears in the New Testament in Acts 21-24 in connection with Paul’s interaction with the Jews in Palestine. Despite being an fleeting character in the New Testament, he plays an important role in Paul’s care. This piece explores what can we learn about him.

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