The Rev. Sarah Condon says that, like these disciples on the road to Emmaus, we all want to avoid the suffering and death part of Jesus' story. Among other reasons, by admitting that part of the story we also have to admit that we need God’s forgiveness and grace--our low meets his high.
Dr. Dock Hollingsworth says the ways of church life have changed over the centuries since the book of Acts--back then they had no building, constitution, by-laws, or even a pastor; they had the presence of the Holy Spirit and each other. Churches today can rediscover their connection with the early church, and find how truly big the church is.
Jessica Christy compares the situation with Stephen in Acts, where the angry crowd covered their ears to block out his words before they stoned him to death, to the political scene these days. Yet as Stephen lay dying, he never stops seeing his killers as people worthy of forgiveness and love, and God calls us to have this same approach to others.
Carol Howard Merritt shows us that Jesus looked at his friends--even the ones who would inevitably betray him--with overwhelming concern and love. We are made in the image of God, and in that image we long for one another. We work with and delight in one another. Our lives are not complete without company.
In his sermon on the Ascension, the Rev. Canon Chuck Robertson acknowledges that life often may not be smooth or fair or prosperous. Sometimes we will find ourselves straining our gaze heavenward, wondering where God is, when will it will all get easier. But there is hope.
In his sermon for Pentecost Sunday, Dr. Eric Barreto asks, Based on the account in Acts, what would it mean for a church to be Pentecostal? He says we would seek out all kinds of people without requiring them to become like us, that we cannot be "God’s" people without "those" people.
Dr. Eric Barreto says Genesis chapters 1 and 2 are not a blueprint for the world or a play-by-play of the dawning of creation. Nor are they simply an ancient fairy tale we can dismiss. They’re not about us--they are first and foremost about God.