The Day of Pentecost was a Histrionicus moment (Acts 2:14-21)

Acts 2:14-21

The philosopher Alasdair Macintyre said that for something to be understandable it must find its place in a story. For example, suppose you are waiting outside a store on Main Street when all the sudden a young man comes up to you and says, “The Latin name of the common wild duck is Histrionicus histrionicus histrionicus.” The sentence makes complete sense, but you have no idea what to make of it. Maybe this young man suffers from mental illness, and he is repeating this phrase for no apparent reason. Maybe he has mistaken you for someone else he met at the last meeting of his bird watching club. He thinks you are the person who asked him, “Do you happen to know the Latin name of the common wild duck?” To which he now answers your question from the other day. Maybe this young man is a spy, and he just uttered the code sentence to identify himself to his contact.

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Fear and the Future (Acts 17:30)

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Acts 17:30

Recently I met a friend I had not seen since the pandemic began. He was not his characteristic confident self. He was fear stricken. Understandably being in his 70’s he must be prudent and safe, but his demeanor was that of anxiety and fear as was our conversation. Continue reading

What is the church? (Acts 2:42-27)

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Acts 2:42-27

As a pastor, numerous people have told me that if they were to walk into our church building, the roof would cave in. I jokingly reply, “It has not caved in on me yet.” Continue reading

Pentecost – Can it Happen Again? (Acts 2:1-13)

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Acts 2:1-13

On the day of Pentecost we are told that Jesus’ followers were gathered and filled with the Holy -Spirit. They began declaring the wonderful things of God in languages that they previously had not known. (Acts 2:1-13) What does it mean to be filled with the Holy Spirit? Is the Pentecost event to be repeated in some way? In this brief article, we tend to these questions. Continue reading

The Book that Changed My Life (Acts 8:26-40)

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Acts 8:26-40

I had just returned from a Christian festival as a mid-teen. My friend had invited me. It was my first exposure to a large group of Christians. I realized quickly that the people at that festival had something I did not. I wanted it! Continue reading

I Made the Man of Sorrows Sorry (Acts 2:36-41)

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Acts 2:36-41

The protestant reformer John Calvin starts the first chapter of his theological magnus opus with the words, “Our wisdom, in so far as it ought to be deemed true and solid wisdom, consists of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves.” It is tempting to think Calvin means that the pursuit of wisdom involves searching our souls and experiences. Continue reading