When Paul went to Athens to spread the word of God to the Greeks, he did so in a different than previous disciples preached.
Paul met the ancient Greeks where they were in their beliefs — even debating in Areopagus, the same place where ancient Greek thinkers like Aristotle philosophized. He didn’t downright shun their vision of God, but rather … Read the rest
The transgender debate has many Christians claiming the moral high ground as they condemn a group of people they do not understand. However, throughout Acts we see Jesus calling people to spread the word of God to people across the world, regardless of their different appearances, languages or cultures.
It is critical for us to understand that we are not … Read the rest
The phrase “Jesus Saves” is the heart of our faith. If there is no God that saves, then there is no Christianity.
However, as a catchphrase, “Jesus Saves” often comes off as too simplistic. The problem with our modern-day stories of conversion is that they don’t need God once they are saved. “Jesus Saves,” then what?
The way you know … Read the rest
Jesus is for everyone. As much as some people — and some political parties — link Jesus to themselves, Acts tells us that Jesus is for everyone. When Phillip encounters an Ethiopian in Acts 8, he is fulfilling Jesus’ promises to spread the word of God to “the ends of earth.”
The beauty of our faith is that whether you’re … Read the rest
While it would seem that nobody really believes in magic, if we’re honest, a great deal of what passes for faith can tend toward magic if we’re not careful.
Magic attempts to control results and predict the future, while faith remains open to the unmanageable gifts that God puts in our lives. When life hands us a situation we can’t … Read the rest
There are a lot of people talking about God under the guise of witness. But many times, when people are talking about God they are truly talking about themselves.
Genuine witness comes when the situation demands it — when you’re sent to witness. In these moments, you’re not witnessing as a volunteer, but as one who has been called forth … Read the rest
Sometimes it’s difficult to believe what’s in the Bible. In Acts 3:1-16, Luke tells us the story of how Peter healed a man “lame from birth” simply by telling him, “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up an walk.”
In 2017, with our scientific and medical knowledge, how are we supposed to believe that this actually happened. … Read the rest
Today is Pentecost, which marks the coming of the Holy Spirit unto the disciples, empowering them to spread the word of God across nations.
Although we celebrate Pentecost every year, many of us feel like we have few – if any – “Pentecostal moments” — that inspiration of the Holy Spirit. In order for these moments to happen, Luke tells … Read the rest
“Faith Lived in Community”
Sermon by The Rev. Lisa Caine
Acts 2:44-46 & 4:32-35
April 24, 2016
The Word in Song: “Canon of Praise”