Tag Archives: Acts

Wind & Flame: A Pastoral Prayer for Pentecost

God of wind and flame, come among us once more. Set our lives on fire with a passion for justice. Send winds mighty enough to clear away our fear and apathy. We long to be sure of your presence and … Continue reading

Posted in liturgy, Prayer | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

In Her Grips

Okay. I’m just going to say it: I like Paul. The older I get, the more I appreciate Paul for his passion, conviction, and unapologetic humanity. What the church has done with what he wrote and what has been (falsely) … Continue reading

Posted in Musings, Sermon Starter | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Listening to Lydia

Lydia isn’t a biblical superstar. She is mentioned in Acts, almost in passing. Strangely enough, she’s often passed over. She was from Thyatira and she dealt in purple cloth. If she hadn’t encountered Paul, we might not know anything about … Continue reading

Posted in Musings, Sermon Starter | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

From Death to Life

Those little purple faces poking up next to the sidewalk on my way out of church on Sunday were nearly my undoing. Not exactly the color purple in a field, but I noticed. I saw them innocently reaching for the … Continue reading

Posted in Musings, Sermon Starter | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

New Hope from an Old Place

Peter may have had a learning disability and Paul may have had MS. For some people these suppositions might be distressing or unnerving. For me, they are comforting and hopeful. If God could use Paul and Peter, not in spite … Continue reading

Posted in Musings, Sermon Starter | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Not Your Average Easter Message

  New Life. Who doesn’t want it? Love triumphing over destruction and death. Who wouldn’t welcome that? Seriously, is there anyone who wouldn’t leap at the chance to peer into the tomb of fear, hatred, and death to discover its … Continue reading

Posted in Musings, Sermon Starter | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Gardening Tip: Plant What Will Grow

It’s my mother’s birthday and that always brings roses to mind. They are not my favorite flower. Given a choice, I prefer wild flowers over cultivated roses any day. Unlike me, my mother loved roses. At one point she had … Continue reading

Posted in Musings, Sermon Starter | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments