Over the last several months I have been reading Matthew L. Skinner’s Intrusive God, Disruptive Gospel: Encountering the Divine in the Book of Acts (Brazos, 2015). It is part commentary, part devotional, part sermon, part scholarship – all blended together into a delicious literary meal!
The book is a lean 180 pages, no footnotes. It is not a commentary, it is not a monograph; it is a theological-narrative reading of Acts in its context. Skinner is a gifted writer, teasing out the theological dynamics of the text, often raising the right questions about God, the church, and the world. Skinner’s book works well for personal edification, maybe a church group study, but not really a full-blown “academic” introduction to Acts. (Although I might still use it as a textbook in a survey course). He keeps academic jargon to a bare minimum.
Here is a nice snippet from the introduction
The gospel is…
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