This is a church on fire, this is the Holy Spirit flame We have a burning desire to lift up Jesus’ name Let the fire burn in every heart to light the way, defeat the dark Let the flame of love burn higher This is a church, this is a church on fire The lyrics of this song from Hillsong Worship seem to sum up the burning within me today. It is a burning with passion for God’s church. It is a burning of appreciation for the people of Hood Memorial Christian......
Take a deep breath and receive the peace of Christ. John 20:19-23, our gospel lesson this week, begins with fear. The disciples were together and yet filled with fear. It is interesting that we learn of this fear just before Jesus enters the scene and offers his blessing: “Peace be with you.” What dissipates fear? Peace. After Christ offers this blessing he proves himself to the disciples by showing them his hand and side. After he calms their fears and earns their trust, he then offers the blessing again, “Peace be with you.”......
Journey back with me to a story I shared on Pentecost Sunday a year ago about the oneness and unity we celebrate as a diverse community created and brought together by God through the workings of Spirit. The Parable of the Ehad The Ehad were a small group of travelers known across the land of Aretz for their oneness. They were small, colorless creatures that looked much like a bubble. They had few other features on their bodies and really little need for much else because of their sameness. That is, they......