Sermons on Acts

Tohu-bohu and the Spirit of God

Text:  Genesis 1:2             Acts 2:1-4 The Bible is the source of our deepest Spiritual insights, but it also faithfully reflects the culture that produced it.  If we read a purported ancient religious text that mentions global warming and Covid-19, we will have reason to  question its authenticity.  Likewise we shouldn’t gasp if we hear the Bible  casually mentioning commonly held Jewish beliefs about the joys of owning slaves, having multiple wives and sex slaves (e.g. Abraham), and wives being…

“Turning Lemons Into Lemonade”

Text:  Acts 3:1-19 Anxiety (and other sins) are nothing more than temporary atheism, but how do we overcome our shortcomings?  Do we take a deep breath?  Do we read comforting scriptures?  Do we listen to motivational speakers tell us how great we are?  Yes, you have heard me say this many times, but our thoughts are the key.  Our thoughts produce most of our feelings and actions.  But this is not just another plea for the power of positive thinking.…

“Does A Woman Really Need A Man Like A Fish Needs A Bicycle?”

Our sermon title, “Does A Woman Need A Man Like A Fish Needs A  Bicycle?”  is a stolen quote from Gloria Steinem.  Our text this Sunday concerns a very strong woman named Tabitha who, with God’s help, does quite well without a man.  She organizes an effective ministry with poor widows.  We can learn from her example. Tabitha is the only woman in the Bible to be called a disciple.  Many commentaries assume that she cared for the widows by…

What The Heck is Dominion? Part 2

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts,…