ST. LOUIS – Eric Barreto, an associate professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary, continued to offer a vision of a God who surprises and welcomes us – who moves so far ahead of us that we often can’t see where God is leading. We feel the Holy Spirit pulling us to something new, head out in uncertainty, and often are surprised to find that God is already there.
On July 8, Barreto led the second part of his Bible study on the Book of Acts and Luke’s gospel for the Big Tent gathering in St. Louis – focusing on the themes of diversity and difference.
Luke uses the word sinner to mean “those people” – those we don’t want to hang out with, Barreto said.
He also provided a narrative of abundance. “There’s always one more seat” at God’s table.
And Barretto called for a church that shares the stories where “God’s surprising grace” for all shines through.
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