We Need Oneness, Not Sameness

“We are all the same.” This is a rallying cry we see again and again as we sift through the wreckage of our conflicts over differences. It’s a phrase that’s trying to take away pain, but it isn’t telling the truth. Differences are real. Declaring that differences don’t exist doesn’t just erase the beauty of diversity, it also offers the [...]

By |2020-06-05T11:57:39-05:00June 5th, 2020|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Preaching Pentecost: The Person and Work of the Spirit in a Time of Coronavirus

Pentecost is, for many of us and our congregations, the Sunday (or season) in which we turn our attention to the person and work of the Holy Spirit. The reality, however, for many of the people in our pews, is that the Spirit is often conceived of as more like the Force from Star Wars than a distinct divine person. [...]

By |2020-05-21T17:33:54-05:00May 25th, 2020|Categories: Church Year, Preaching|Tags: , |0 Comments

What They are Saying about Pentecost

“Since the days of Pentecost, has the whole church ever put aside every other work and waited upon Him for ten days, that the Spirit’s power might be manifested? We give too much attention to method and machinery and resources, and too little to the source of power.” – J. Hudson Taylor “It is the Holy Spirit's job to convict, [...]

By |2019-06-07T13:10:56-05:00June 7th, 2019|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , |1 Comment

Pentecost: A Collect Reflection

Pentecost Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord; who lives and reigns with you, in [...]

By |2019-04-21T17:11:43-05:00May 19th, 2018|Categories: Anglicanism, Church Year|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

Yanny vs. Laurel and Tongues of Fire

Lots of amazing things happened on the Day of Pentecost, recorded in Acts 2. Earth was overcome with Wind and Fire. Chaos ensued. Rushing. Falling. Power. Roaring. Speaking. Hearing. Wind. Fire. Pow!  What a day.  The promised Gift of the Holy Spirit did not come gently to soothe. He is NOT that kind of comforter.  He came powerfully to shake! [...]

Yanny vs. Laurel, Pentecost, and What People Hear

For the record, I hear Laurel. I can’t not hear Laurel. My wife hears Yanny. I’ll let you know how that works out. This latest viral sensation, similar to ‘The Dress’ before it, plays on the maddening subjectivity of human perception. Whether it’s sight or sound, we take our sensory perception as bedrock and when something rattles it, the impact [...]

By |2019-04-21T17:12:01-05:00May 18th, 2018|Categories: Preaching|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments
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