In Acts 1, Jesus leaves the disciples waiting. It was just a few days, but I’m sure that for a few of them it seemed like it would never happen. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would come on them, so now they waited. No Jesus, no Holy Spirit, just waiting.
It can be hard to wait, but here we find out that waiting on God is essential to the mission of Jesus.
I found myself waiting in seminary. I knew that my time in school was wrapping up, so I started looking for ministry. After perusing online job listings for hours upon hours, and sending my resumé to various churches, I found myself at graduation with no prospects for ministry. So Lindsay and I waited. Over the next year I had a few promising interviews, but nothing turned up until the summer of 2013. That’s when I started interviewing at Westbrook, where I am now serving in ministry. The few years that I waited felt like a long time. On top of that, those years came with their fair share of disappointment.
While the disciples did not wait for the Spirit with disappointment, I’m sure it wasn’t easy for some of them. Jesus didn’t say how long, he just said to wait. And then when Holy Spirit comes, they would be his witnesses, but not before. Continue reading →
O come, Desire of nations, bind
All peoples in one heart and mind;
Bid envy, strife and quarrels cease;
Fill the whole world with heaven’s peace.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.1
The world is a profoundly broken place. In recent months this fact has become evident that there is a need for racial reconciliation in our country. It doesn’t matter what side of the story that you are on, if you are listening you can hear the cries of injustice that this country does not always protect the lives of minorities.
Over the past year, I have read and listened books and watched movies and documentaries that haven enlightened me and broken my heart over the racial injustices of country. I like most thought I lived in a country where racism is primarily a thing of the past and those who are racist fall into a very small minority. What I have come to realize is I live in a country that favors me because of the color of my skin and I have done little to speak the truth of the Gospel into the broken society in which we live. Continue reading →
This week begins a four week season in the life of the church known as Advent. Advent comes to us from the Latin and simply means coming. The season of Advent is a time when we await of the coming of Christ. Since this is the season leading up to Christmas, we are commemorating the time of waiting for Jesus’ first coming which we celebrate at Christmas. In the Lectionary readings for this time of year the Old Testament readings tell of the coming Messiah.
That’s not the only coming of Christ that we await during advent, however. We are waiting for the second coming of Christ as well. The New Testament readings in the Lectionary all speak of the future return of Christ. Continue reading →