Isaiah 6: 1-8 It is the year 742 B.C.E.; the king of Judea has died. Here the great prophet of the land writes of his commissioning; God has chosen Isaiah as a prophet of Israel and his writing as a prophetic book. “The prophetic word and book that continue to haunt us are derived from
Acts of the Apostles 2: 1-21 For Luke the life of the Christian Church begins with the very dramatic coming of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost. For Jews it is the Festival of Weeks or Tabernacles, fifty days after Passover. So it would not be unusual to find people from all over the known
Acts 1: 15-17, 21-26 In Luke’s description of the beginnings of the early church, the eleven have returned to Jerusalem after the resurrection, occupying the same upper room where Jesus consecrated the last supper. Judas is gone, perhaps to his death, and Peter insists the number of disciples, now called apostles, be returned to twelve.
Acts 1 0: 44- 48 Simon Peter, in Luke’s narrative of the beginnings of the church, is in Joppa where he had come from the nearby town of Lydda. In Lydda he had raised a man named Aeneas from eight years if paralysis and also a woman, Tabitha, who had died, Peter brought back to life. Then
Acts 8: 26-40 The road from Jerusalem to Gaza passes through desert hills and rough terrain; today it is a multilane highway connecting Jerusalem and TelAviv with the international airport. But in the days following the Resurrection it was a barren landscape. The Apostle Philip, in Luke’s story, had been in Syria preaching the salvation of Jesus
Acts 4: 5-12 It is Jerusalem, Peter and John had been in the court of the temple, had cured a crippled man and were teaching a crowd that had gathered there. This was too much for the priests and captain of the temple. So, with the Sadducees they arrested Peter and John, charging them with blasphemy. But Luke
Acts 3: 12-19 In Luke’s story of the followers of Jesus, Peter and John have raised a crippled man to health in the Great Court of the Temple in Jerusalem. The crowd there is astonished with the sudden change in the man who they knew was unable to stand and walk. Peter, seizing the opportunity, preaches a
‘Tis the Second Sunday of Easter. He is risen, He is risen indeed. Many years ago we called this Sunday, Low Sunday. The excitement of Easter Day was over; the chocolate bunnies were gone. And many clergy were on vacation. Ten days ago we were in the final days of Holy Week, the Triduum of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday.
Acts of the Apostles 4: 32-35 In the days after the Resurrection, Luke tells us of one of the salient characteristics of the community of followers. Having begun to get over the shock of the death and resurrection, they are now seeking common cause and respect for one another. One way this happens, Luke tells us,
Exodus 20: 1- 17 God has, in this tale, come down to the summit of Mount Sinai, deep in the desert of Negev. Moses goes up the mountain to obtain God’s instructions. The authors of the book of Exodus describe this process as one with thunder, fire and smoke to impress the Israelites; indeed, failure to attempt