Sermon: Life-Giving Wind

Sermon Text: Acts 2:1-22 Sermon Excerpt Wherever the Life-Giving Wind blows, the church is about unity not uniformity . . . Journey with me into the story. . . Step back and ask yourself, “If I had all the power in the world and wanted to enable a huge crowd of people from different parts of the world to speak to one another, wouldn’t I just give them a common language?”  And, if I foreknew that the occasion was to go down in history as the birth of a religion, wouldn’t I choose a brand Read More …

Sermon: Life-Giving Wind

Sermon Text Acts 2:1-22 Sermon Excerpt Journey with me into the story. . .  Step back and ask yourself, “If I had all the power in the world and wanted to enable a huge crowd of people from different parts of the world to speak to one another, wouldn't I just give them a common language?”  And, if I foreknew that the occasion was to go down in history as the birth of a religion, wouldn't I choose a brand new language with a catchy name that would make the jobs of marketing and public Read More …

It’s Always Pentecost

While Pentecost appears on the liturgical calendar just once a year, it is something we can (perhaps even must) experience daily.  Watch my Pentecost sermon below and consider your experience of the Life-Giving Wind. So What? Wherever the Life-Giving Wind blows, the church is about unity not uniformity change not constancy renewal not repetition The Holy Spirit's activity is something worth pondering every day. Which of these is the most challenging for you? for your local Read More …

Life-Giving Wind

Earlier today, I had the privilege of preaching a Pentecost sermon based on Acts 2:1-21 at Naples United Church of Christ. Sermon Text Like many of you, I grew up in the church. More specifically, I grew up in one congregation – the First Presbyterian Church in Arlington, Texas.  I quickly learned my way around the church – from playground to pew.  After attending worship for years, participating in Sunday school, and completing confirmation, I was sure I knew what it meant to be Read More …