Monthly Archives: May 2012

Overview of Scripture for Trinity Sunday

Review of the Texts for this Week Isaiah 6:1-8 I typically refer to this illustrative text anytime I am preaching on worship.  It is such a powerful picture of what it means to direct one’s attention and heart to God.  It has everything you would expect—a throne, smoke, heavenly sounds of praise, Seraph’s and their […]

Sermon from Pentecost Jazz Service Today

“How to Experience Pentecost”  Acts 2:1-21 Day of Pentecost, Sunday, May 27,2012 The audio podcast is here.  

Poem for Pentecost

“Pentecost” by Derek Walcott Better a jungle in the head than rootless concrete. Better to stand bewildered by the fireflies’ crooked street;   winter lamps do not show where the sidewalk is lost, nor can these tongues of snow speak for the Holy Ghost; the self-increasing silence of words dropped from a roof points along […]

What Happens in a Contemplative Community

I once heard the pianist, Arthur Rubinstein, being interviewed. At one point he was asked to share his experience of playing Chopin’s Nocturnes. He said in effect, “I do not know what it is. But over and over again I have had the experience of sitting in a crowded concert hall playing the Nocturnes and […]

Overview of Lectionary Texts for Pentecost Sunday

  This is posting a little late in the week, but that’s how my week is going. Acts 2:1-21 This is but one of the accounts of Pentecost for this Sunday. If movies had existed in his day, Luke would have been a producer in the Action/Adventure genre. His account of the giving of the […]

Maggie Lee for Good Book is Ready for Pre-Order

I was excited to see our new book, Maggie Lee for Good, listed on the Smyth and Helwys website today.  It is still in the printing process (should be out in a few weeks), but can be pre-ordered here.  It will also be available as an e-book. It is great to see that all of […]

Painted Pentecost

Pentecost is this Sunday.  Monday is a day to begin thinking about how to portray the birthday of the church in words, but what about illustrating with image as well?  Below are three creative demonstrations of what happened as God gave the Holy Spirit: