Tag Archives: Pentecost

Language of the heart

Every Christian, and every congregation that professes to be part of the body of Christ, is ultimately concerned with two things. There are many other particular concerns, but I believe it’s absolutely necessary to be able to make a direct connection between each one of those other concerns and the first two. If we cannot […]

Brief encounter

Today is Pentecost, a day we sometimes celebrate as the birthday of the church, but the church could have been born on any day, and it still might be. It’s a day in Luke’s account of things when a new incarnation of God appeared, and the Spirit of God that was once alive in the […]

Listening with the heart

The miracle of Pentecost was not about speaking in tongues; it was about hearing with clarity. The Spirit of God was poured out on all flesh not that we might speak in unfamiliar languages but that we might hear a familiar truth whatever our language, whatever the differences that distinguish and seem to separate us. […]

Heart sounds

However you interpret the May 12 Pew Research Center report, “America’s Changing Religious Landscape,” you have to give it credit for waking us to some fundamental changes that have been taking place in our society. “The Christian share of the U.S. population is declining,” the report said, “while the number of U.S. adults who do […]