The Holy Spirit as Communion—Our “With Oneness”

June 9, 2019 | Acts 2:1-18; Genesis 1:1-2

Pentecost is a celebration of the powerful outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit on all flesh, and this week thinking about this Spirit outpouring I felt a lot of sadness.  I don’t think the early Christians gave us this story to make us feel sad.  Quite the opposite.  They told it to remind us what the […]

“The Spirit Made Me Do It!”

June 2, 2019 | Acts 11:1-18

A young woman sent an email to the Church this week asking for help.  Her good friend has gotten involved with a church that, in her words “teaches that homosexuality is a sin.”  This friend has begun to believe and say hateful things, and is learning about conversion therapies for gay and lesbian people.  The […]

“Same Road, Different Destination”

May 12, 2019 | Acts 9:1-20 

Even people who have never actually heard the Biblical story of Saul being knocked to his knees by a light from heaven know what it means to have a “Damascus road experience.”  You were headed in one direction, or maybe without direction, a little lost, and then suddenly, you were going in a different direction, […]

“Spirit Transcended Tribalisms”

May 6, 2018 | Acts 8:26-40

When people ask me, “how are things going at the Old Dutch Church?” my standard response is, “we are running as fast as we can to keep up with what the Spirit is doing.”  Not just in the Church, but running to keep up with what the Spirit is doing in our larger community.  This […]

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