“Road to Antioch” is a place for conversation about the call to be Christ’s Church in the 21st century, hosted by Brian Maas, Bishop of the Nebraska Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. “Road to Antioch” is open to all who wish to engage in thoughtful, prayerful and respectful dialog about the topics it raises.

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  1. Kay Edeal says:

    Brian, I like what you are doing here..I will be visiting this blog. I found myself thinking of the hymn “Gather us in”.
    I think we will like having this tool for communication. It opens my thoughts to consider the whole community of Nebraska Synod brothers and sisters.

  2. Sally Baehni says:

    Thanks for blogging, Brian. This is a source for me for reflection. Good to keep learning from you (even in Missouri!). Blessings to you and your family at Thanksgiving!

  3. Sally Baehni says:

    That should say: “This is a great resource for reflection…” (English majors – can’t let our typos go unchecked!). :)

  4. Monte Moss says:

    Bishop Maas brings new light to us Nebraska Lutherans – “thanks be to God for his leadership”.
    Here is an Antioch definition, for those who ask the question, “Antioch, what’s that and where does he get that from?” I find this a very interesting factual definition. Bishop Maas – we give glory for your guidance.

    (1.) In Syria, on the river Orontes, about 16 miles from the Mediterranean, and some 300 miles north of Jerusalem. It was the metropolis of Syria, and afterwards became the capital of the Roman province in Asia. It ranked third, after Rome and Alexandria, in point of importance, of the cities of the Roman empire. It was called the “first city of the East.” Christianity was early introduced into it (Acts 11:19, 21, 24), and the name “Christian” was first applied here to its professors (Acts 11:26). It is intimately connected with the early history of the gospel (Acts 6:5; 11:19, 27, 28, 30; 12:25; 15:22-35; Gal. 2:11, 12). It was the great central point whence missionaries to the Gentiles were sent forth. It was the birth-place of the famous Christian father Chrysostom, who died A.D. 407. It bears the modern name of Antakia, and is now a miserable, decaying Turkish town. Like Philippi, it was raised to the rank of a Roman colony. Such colonies were ruled by “praetors” (R.V. marg., Acts 16:20, 21). (2.) In the extreme north of Pisidia; was visited by Paul and Barnabas on the first missionary journey (Acts 13:14). Here they found a synagogue and many proselytes. They met with great success in preaching the gospel, but the Jews stirred up a violent opposition against them, and they were obliged to leave the place. On his return, Paul again visited Antioch for the purpose of confirming the disciples (Acts 14:21). It has been identified with the modern Yalobatch, lying to the east of Ephesus.

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