The Wind of the Spirit
A Sermon on Acts 2:1-21 and John 15:26-27; 16:4-15 I think I have always loved the imagery of wind to describe the action of the Holy Spirit, but that association took on a special power for me after spending 10 days on the Greek Island of Tinos with my family when we lived in Europe. The wind is an inescapable companion on Tinos, demanding attention with its compelling voice and modulating touch. I delighted in the way the wind seemed to blow every stress and worry from my m
Does Ascension Matter?
So, I have to start this sermon by admitting that the Ascension is not something that I really ever talk about… I mean, sure, we mention it every week in the Creed when we confess our faith that Jesus ascended into heaven, but, ascension has never really been an important word in my faith vocabulary. I know Jesus is not still present in the body on earth, and I believe that he still lives and reigns and loves us, so the ascension gives an explanation of how that all works… bu
On Love and Interdependence
A Sermon on John 15:9-17 and Acts 10:44-48 This coming Friday, myself and four of the wonderful members of Abiding Peace will gather with approximately 500 other Lutherans from around New Jersey at this year’s Synod Assembly. I am looking forward to it. For a person who grew up without a denomination and with a “just me and Jesus” mentality, it is inspiring to gather together with so many other people who share the Lutheran identity that I came to as an adult. It’s amazing to