So Rich It Probably Drives a Tesla

“Every sabbath he would argue in the synagogue and would try to convince Jews and Greeks.”

Acts 18:4


Our reading from the daily Eucharist lectionary is from Acts and has the recently-converted Paul arguing with the Jews and Greeks in the synagogues, trying to convince them that Jesus is the Messiah.  Apparently Paul met some pretty decent resistance because it is after this that he declares that he is now going to take his message to the Gentiles.


I have to admit that I am a sucker for a good conversation, and even a good argument.  I respect people who can present their argument for or against a subject so convincingly well that they change my mind about the topic at hand.  Such was the case with a very well-written review for a shaving cream I was on the fence about purchasing on Amazon.  The review is way up there on the list of my favorite reviews and I’ve since purchased the shaving cream.  Here’s the review:

This review is from: Taylor of Old Bond Street Eton College Shaving Cream Jar, 5.3-Ounce (Health and Beauty)

TOBS Eton College

“As a daily driver, or in a solid rotation with the likes of Proraso and Tabac, this TOBS is a heavy hitter. It is said that Jesus himself preferred the scent of eton college to sandalwood and other lesser botanical varieties. Hints of citrus and patchouli combine to create a masculine, but not overpowering scent. Combined with a shave bowl, even a small swipe with a badger brush across this cream’s rippled surface will create a lather so rich, it probably drives a Tesla.”

While Paul’s arguments to the Jews and Greeks were not as convincing as the above review, I wonder what convincing arguments we would make if we were trying to convince someone about what we feel about our faith?  What words would we use?  Would they be clever, or soulful, or witty?  What would you say to someone who said, “You go to church?  Why?”  I think that question is thought or felt but not verbalized by so many of our non-church-going friends….but what if they did ask it?  What would your argument be for your faith?


In Christ,



About matthewhanisian

Associate Rector at St. Alban's Episcopal Church, Washington, D.C.
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One Response to So Rich It Probably Drives a Tesla

  1. I would not argue for Jesus sentimentally; rather, I would emphasize human livingness and true heartedness and present Jesus as the only possibility to bring these to accurate realization.

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