Monthly Archives: April 2018

All are welcome

Text: Acts 8:26-40 (Philip baptizes an Ethiopian Eunuch) Hospitality is risky. The act of welcoming guests, visitors, and newcomers into our homes can get us in trouble. When we open our hearts to somebody new, we risk being changed by their … Continue reading

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The perils of preaching

Text: Acts 2:14-41 (Peter preaches in Jerusalem) If someone says you’re being preachy, that’s not a complement. If they say you tend to sermonize, that’s a complaint. Preaching used to be held in high esteem. Preachers were wise elders to … Continue reading

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Imagine

Text: Acts 2:42-47 and Acts 4:32-37 (sharing everything in common) When I was a child, I was fascinated by Hippies. Starting at age 11 in 1968, I let my hair grow long. I was trying to emulate the long hairs … Continue reading

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Our purpose

Text: Acts 17:16-33 (“To an unknown god”) “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever.” This is how a 1647 Catechism of the Presbyterian church begins; and this phrase has been a touchstone for Presbyterians ever … Continue reading

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“Into the mystic”

Text: Mark 16:1-8 (the empty tomb) “The women fled from the tomb in terror and amazement and said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.” What kind of a way is this for Mark to end his Gospel? If the … Continue reading

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