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Come, Holy Spirit, Come!

This is an odd Sunday.

On Thursday, 40 days after the Resurrection, Jesus ascended into heaven.
As seen on Facebook, “this is the day that Jesus begun working from home”.

And yet, the promised Holy Spirit has not arrived.

The disciples return to behind closed doors, similar to the in-between of Jesus’ death and resurrection, but without the fear.

The extended circle of disciples are spending their time in prayer.

I imagine with each day, these disciples are becoming impatient with a growing sense of being orphaned or abandoned for forever.

But, I have been pondering if this odd Sunday is oddly similar to our current situation.

  1. We are encouraged to work from our homes as able.
  2. We are encouraged to continue social distance, social isolation, and quarantine as able.
  3. We are becoming more impatient as it continues, especially with improving weather and a long weekend.
  4. We may be emotionally and/or spiritually restless, growing in a sense of being abandoned.

Arguably the disciples are praying for the Holy Spirit to come.
But, which Holy Spirit?

The Holy Spirit is a paradoxical ‘person’ of the Holy Trinity. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2020 in Sermons

 

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The Holy Spirit (a sermon)

We hold to many mysteries within our Christian faith which we do not understand, cannot fully comprehend, and cannot fully explain or describe to another.

Next Sunday, we will explore a HUGE mystery of faith attempting to more fully understand the Holy Trinity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit as a whole. But, this morning we will focus on one piece of the Trinity, which is a piece we do not tend to focus upon.

One day in seminary, we were discussing the Holy Trinity and our Christian claim that it should be ‘balanced’, meaning that the three “persons” (due to a lack of appropriate term) should be balanced and equaled, thus no one “person” of the Trinity should be given more attention or precedent.

One classmate stated “well, you know those Pentecostals have an unbalanced Trinity”.

I responded, “I suppose you are arguing the idea that Pentecostals focus heavily on the Holy Spirit compared to God the Father and God the Son (Jesus Christ)”.

After he confirmed it, I continued “if we want to hold that criticism of the Pentecostals, we need to accept the same criticism of ourselves and the Lutheran tradition as practiced”.

It was an unpopular opinion. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2019 in Sermons

 

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Come, Holy Spirit! Come!

I love Pentecost.

This is not necessarily “normal” for Lutherans. Lutherans, similar to most ‘mainline’ Christian denominations, are intimidated by the Holy Spirit because we do not know what to do with it.

I have recently shared that Jesus was a radical teacher, however Jesus is ‘safe’ and essentially predictable in his words, teachings to the disciples, and actions.

The Holy Spirit, however, is an entirely different ball game. The Holy Spirit cannot be confined, contained, or controlled because it is too spirited, bold, and courageous… dare I say ‘feisty’. I love it, but we do not know how to deal with it.

Since we do not know how to deal with it, one Sunday a year we ‘let’ the Holy Spirit loose in our churches. It is the festival of Pentecost, thus we decorate with the color of red and the images of flames because fire is a perfect symbol/image for the Holy Spirit and its unpredictability. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2018 in Sermons

 

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