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Weekly e-Gram for members and friends of Dublin Community Church

May 27, 2011


“Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way.”

That’s what the Apostle Paul said in Acts 17:22. He was standing in front of the Areopagus….(air-ee-O-puh-gus). I know how to pronounce it because I went online to a pronunciation website, seeing as how my Greek is a bit deficient. I know where the Areopagus is because I looked it up on Wikipedia and then went to Google Maps to locate its exact location on Google Earth.

And in reality, I missed it by about 200 feet when I was in Athens. All that travel, all those blogged entries, and notes. All those trains, planes, boats, cabs and miles walked in new shoes purchased in Istanbul. And I just missed the spot where Paul gave his famous address to the people of Athens. Nobody moved it; I was just too moved by the sight of the Parthenon.

We aren’t certain how many were present that day to hear Paul speak of their love for idols and their search for an “unknown god.” Paul thought that a perfect entry to tell the Athenians of his God. But Luke records in Acts that Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and addressed those assembled. The Areopagus, a rock outcropping, was the meeting place of the aristocratic council of ancient Athens.

On that Sunday in Athens when we visited, some 2000 years after Paul, we decided to walk to the Acropolis and see the Parthenon. Sunday was a “no fee” day for viewing the Acropolis and I figure we saved about $30. There is a wonderful walkway/promenade completely around the Acropolis. It is delightful for walking and viewing the place from all angles. We walked right past the Areopagus a couple times. Then we entered the Acropolis grounds and walked up and up to the gate for entrance. We turned right and gazed at the Acropolis…rather awe inspiring. To our left….about 200 feet away, was the Areopagus. (I know it was about 200 feet because I measured the distance using Google Maps while sitting at my computer in Canal Winchester, Ohio, not while I was actually standing there in Athens, Greece.)

We even looked down upon the Areopagus while on the Acropolis. It is literally in the shadow of the Acropolis. I know. I saw it! But alas, I did not tour it.

Missed it by less than 200 feet. Thank God for the Apostle Paul, who alerted me to it.

Peace, Rev. Bob Tussing

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