Dr. Bill Creasy of Logos Bible Study uses a literary, historical approach to examine and enliven the bible for modern listeners. Dr. Creasy draws on his studies, travels, and personal anecdotes to vividly depict the works of scripture. He speaks in a pleasant, friendly voice but with authority, frequently incorporating contemporary references. The programs are a lively combination of a sermon and college lecture. In this episode, Dr. Creasy discusses On the Road with Paul Pt. 1 (Acts 9: 32-15: 35).
Saul of Tarsus was one of the most brilliant young men of his generation. He was being groomed for leadership in the Jewish community, and he was destined for greatness. With the birth of the Church and its rapid growth, Saul saw the threat posed by this emerging, radical sect of Judaism, and he took it upon himself to lead a fierce persecution against it. Confronted by the risen and glorified Christ on the Road to Damascus, Saul experiences a stunning conversion: From Saul of Tarsus, the great persecutor of the Church, he becomes St. Paul, the great Apostle to the Gentiles. With his conversion, Paul sets out to evangelize all of Asia Minor (modern day Turkey), a good chunk of Europe, and the 13 of the 27 books of the New Testament are attributed to him. No slouch, our Paul!