Bringing the Text to Life

The Whole World in His Hands Acts 17:22-31

The Whole World in His Hands

The spiritual impulse is a clue about who holds the world in his hands.

At a Glance

We begin with some big hits according to Billboard's pop music charts and then take a peek at some hits of the past. Then we go way back to Athens in the first century, where we find a link between an inscription on an altar and a No. 1 hit on the charts.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's gospel text, see "An Eight-Word Mission Statement," May 29, 2011, at


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