Archive for May, 2012

Saturday of Pentecost Sunday (Trinity Eve) – 2 Corinthians 13:5-14

Share2 Corinthians 13:5-14 In St. Paul’s final words of the two letters we have of his to the Corinthian church, Paul speaks of power and weakness in the Kingdom of God, especially as it relates to Christian ministry.  For those who are familiar with St. Paul’s writings, it will come as no surprise (even if […]

May 31, 2012 | 1 Comment More

Friday of Pentecost Sunday (Ember Friday) – Acts 6

ShareActs 6 Congratulations!  You’ve just been promoted.  You’ve just been promoted from layman to deacon.  Hoorah! Of course, it doesn’t entail a pay raise, and I should tell you that it does mean extra hours and little gratitude.  You do get to add an extra title to your name: “Deacon,” or in churches that follow […]

May 31, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of Pentecost – Acts 5:12-42

ShareActs 5:12-42 There are 2 voices in your head. There are 2 guys perched on your shoulder, telling you what to do. We’ve all seen them in the movies and the cartoons – but face it: you’ve got those 2 guys on your shoulders as well. But don’t feel bad, so did the apostles of […]

May 30, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of Pentecost (Ember Wednesday) – Acts 5:1-11

ShareActs 5:1-11 If you’re keeping score at home (that is, following the 1928 Prayer Book lectionary), you’ll notice that I’ve pulled a fast one on you.  I’m reading and meditating on Acts 5:1-11, instead of 5:12-28.  Furthermore, tomorrow, I’ll be doing 5:12-42, and not just verses 29-42. Why?  In reality, it’s the compilers of the […]

May 29, 2012 | 1 Comment More

Tuesday of Pentecost (Whit Tuesday) – Acts 4:23-37

ShareActs 4:23-37 Compared to the early church – you’re all a bunch of secularists!  (And so am I.) First, a word about secularization.  I’ve done a lot of reading about the sociology of religion and have begun to now read church history more earnestly.  To my surprise, the Church is always in a mess.  But, […]

May 28, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Monday of Pentecost (Whit Monday) – Acts 4:13-22

ShareActs 4:13-22 “We cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” This is my favorite verse in the Bible.  Yes, yes.  I know that I’ve said in the past that it was Psalm 27:4, I mean Ephesians 2:6, er uh Matthew 16:24.  No, no – I mean 2 Corinthians 4:7 and 2 […]

May 27, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Whitsun Eve (Day Before Pentecost) – Romans 8:12-18

ShareRomans 8:12-18 There is a lot of talk today about spirituality.  Everyone is seeking it.  Everyone wants it. But what is it? One definition that has been offered by a scholar who teaches classes on spirituality is that spirituality is “Striving for self-transcendence by seeking ultimate meaning.” Now who wouldn’t want that?  Doesn’t everyone want […]

May 25, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Friday of Sunday after Ascension – Acts 4:1-12

ShareActs 4:1-12 “By what power or by what name have you done this?” When it comes to the apostles Peter and John healing a lame man and being asked by the rulers, the elders, and the scribes to give an account of this miracle, we expect them to say, “By the name of Jesus Christ […]

May 24, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Thursday of Sunday after Ascension – Acts 3:11-26

ShareActs 3:11-26 “The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach . . . .” In Luke’s Gospel he faithfully recorded all that Jesus began to do and teach, but here in the Acts of the Apostles he faithfully records what Jesus continued to do through His […]

May 23, 2012 | 0 Comments More

Wednesday of Sunday after Ascension – Acts 3:1-10

ShareActs 3:1-10 Have you ever noticed that God seems to especially visit those who are spiritually prepared, especially those who have devoted themselves to a life of prayer? Do you remember how Hannah was in bitterness of soul and prayed to the Lord, weeping in anguish, and pouring out her soul before the Lord?  Because […]

May 22, 2012 | 1 Comment More