“Walking in the Footsteps of Paul” – Greece – Rome 2015 Tour

Plymouth United Church of Christ

Daily Trip Log Update – Visit to Ancient Corinth

September 16, 2015

Ancient Corinth
Ancient Corinth

Acts 18 After this Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. There he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them, and, because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them, and they worked together—by trade they were tentmakers. Every sabbath he would argue in the synagogue and would try to convince Jews and Greeks. [1]

 

At the entrance to the historical museum in Corinth
At the entrance to the historical museum in Corinth

Ancient Corinth was the featured city today for the tour called, “In the Footsteps of the Apostle Paul.” The sun was brilliant as our group toured the ancient of Corinth. After a tour of a historical museum in Corinth, I shared with our group a brief synopsis of what was happening when Paul arrived in there after leaving Athens. Paul spent his Sabbaths in the synagogue arguing with the Jews and Greeks that Jesus was the Son of God. I told them about Aquila and Priscilla who arrived in Corinth after the order of Claudius that Jews should be expelled from Rome. They, like Paul were tent makers. Paul connected with them and worked with them making money to pay his expenses by making tents.

Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III giving a talk about Paul in Corinth
Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III giving a talk about Paul in Corinth

I read for our group a large section of the eighteenth chapter of Acts and spoke with them about some of Paul’s challenges in Corinth. I focused on one aspect of Paul’s approach to evangelism which helped the embryonic church to grow, but probably would not be tolerated in today’s world. For example: the approach of arguing with church leaders about their religion. Most churches I am aware of would not tolerate a person standing up during worship and creating arguments to attempt to refute their beliefs. Because the Christianity is now an established religion, a dissenter would probably be asked to be quiet while worship was in process. Tomorrow we will make a five hour drive to Thessaloniki. Thanks for reading this travel update.

Nick

Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

Pastor and Senior Minister

Plymouth United Church of Christ

600 E. Warren Ave., Detroit, Michigan 48201

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[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. 1989 (Ac 18:1–4). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.