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Acts 2:2-21

Pentecost B

Arguably it is harder to write a fresh sermon on Pentecost than on Christmas or Easter.  Those last two major events in redemptive history are proclaimed in multiple Biblical texts, so there are different angles to take on Christmas and Easter.  Pentecost, on the other hand, is reported in only one text, our text for…

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Acts 2:1-21

Pentecost A

Every pulpit veteran has preached on this story many times, but this year we have a ready-made angle into it.  We have seen more than our share of violent winds the past year, haven’t we?  Hurricanes in the Caribbean, tornadoes all over the South, and in my home territory of West Michigan those bomb cyclones…

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Acts 2:42-47

Easter 4A

We are in our fourth Sunday of reflections on Easter, using the book of Acts as our guide.  We began on Easter in Acts 10, where we saw the world-changing significance of Christ’s Resurrection in Peter’s startling realization that God includes people from every nation in his covenantal embrace.  Then we backed up to Peter’s…

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Acts 2:14a, 36-41

Easter 3A

As I said last week, the RCL doesn’t want us to celebrate Easter for one glorious day and then move on to something else.  It invites us to spend 7 Sundays reflecting on this world changing event with a leisurely journey through the book of Acts.  We began on Easter Sunday with Acts 10, where…

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Acts 2:14a, 22-32

Easter 2A

For those who follow the RCL, Easter is not just a one off event.  The RCL devotes 7 Sundays to the Easter season, so that the church has ample opportunity to reflect on the most earthshaking event in history.  As a relative newcomer to the Lectionary, I think that is a superb idea.  But it…

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Acts 2:1-21

Pentecost C

We have come to the conclusion of our fifty day celebration of Easter.  It is fascinating to me that our exit from Dr. Luke’s account of the spread of Easter faith is the on ramp to that whole story.  With this Pentecost story, we loop back to where it all began.  Even as Luke tells…

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Acts 2:2-21

Pentecost B

Throughout nearly all of recorded human history, people’s inability to communicate with each other has divided us.  So for people to somehow come (and stay) together, something dramatic must happen.  In fact, since human efforts to fully unify people have proved largely futile or temporary, we might add that something dramatic must happen to us….

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Acts 2:1-21

Pentecost A

Just before he ascended to the heavenly realm Jesus promised his disciples they’d his “witnesses … to the ends of the earth.”  Yet nothing any of them had done or said up to that point had even hinted that they were up to that task. In fact, the gospels consistently portray Jesus’ disciples as a…

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Acts 2:42-47

Easter 4A

Some of the Bible’s most intriguing stories involve events or phenomena that are both unprecedented and unrepeated.  In those remarkable but rare instances God is uniquely present.  However, even those wonderful stories are always only just a beginning. So when a barefoot shepherd stands before a bush that burns but never burns up, God is…

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Acts 2:14a, 36-41

Easter 3A

Peter’s first Pentecost sermon’s aftermath at least suggests that preaching and teaching the Scriptures is a bit like brandishing a lethally sharp sword.  Since it can cut very deeply, its handlers want to be both very careful and prepared to help stop any bleeding our proclamation may cause. Reading the lesson the Lectionary appoints this…

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