Tag: acts

Sketches of Peter

Later in his life, Peter wrote a couple letters to the church. They’re First and Second Peter, toward the end of the New Testament. In his first letter, he expands on a tangled and complex metaphor about how each member of the church is basically like a rock and how that’s a good thing. You know his name was Simon,…

Baptism Into Resurrection

I was baptized when I was fourteen. On paper, my church believed in adult baptism… but in practice, we had sort of forgotten to do any for awhile. Baptism wasn’t a condition for membership in the church, so no one had asked the adults when they joined. And while we’d had a mass of younger children growing up together, we…

On Fire

They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. -from Acts 2 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty,…

Foolishness

After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them, and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them. Every Sabbath he…

Ledeing with Love

They rushed to Jason’s house in search of Paul and Silas in order to bring them out to the crowd. But when they did not find them, they dragged Jason and some other believers before the city officials, shouting: “These men who have caused trouble all over the world have now come here, and Jason has welcomed them into his house. They…

Healing and Dancing

Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. -from Acts 3 You’ve heard me say, before, that Peter is often written as a…

Waiting and Witnessing

He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” -from Acts 1 Last…

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Community of Simplicity

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to…

Three Cities

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry… James 1:19 Let me tell you three stories about cities. Here’s City #1. A group of entrepreneurs gathered one night in the desert. They found, as they talked, a common understanding such as we might find rare.…

Permission to Dream

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with…