Pentecost is Christ’s way of calling us out. It’s Christ’s way of putting us on notice. Leave your shut and locked doors, in which you hide in times of fear and uncertainty, and let the power of the Spirit lead you.
The disciples are given a purpose, they are given a mission, but Christ tells them to wait, for they do not yet have the power from on high. Sometimes waiting is a necessary thing.
Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin is, in short, not only absent from the Biblical word, it’s antithetical to faithful living according to the teachings of Scripture, and it should be expunged from our vocabulary.
Saying to another, God won’t give you more than you can handle seeks to write off each person as an individual who must bear such hardships on their own. There is no Biblical foundation to this.
Can we stop saying, “God helps those who help themselves”? At surface level it’s not sufficient, and at the theological core it’s a lie. God is in the business of, and calls us to join in, helping those who cannot help themselves.
The hope of saying “It’s all in God’s plan” is to offer comfort and solace. It hints that because it’s God’s will, God will help us through it. But ‘Everything Happens for a Reason’ is not a true Christian affirmation.
The promise and good news of Easter isn’t about what God has done, it’s about what God is still doing. It’s about God’s replicated grace, unending, and unmatched. He is risen!
The disciples were losing hope of Jesus’ future after a successful start to the week, which began with shouts of Hosanna! But in the breaking and pouring of a jar of alabaster over the head of Christ, the week begins to shift.
The story of Samuel going behind Saul to anoint David is not simply a call to follow God’s will into dangerous places against un-faithful kings, but should also be understood as God’s call to seek leadership in the left out and unexpected.
The story of Job calls us to remember that the darkness that mimics the grave – a place where in we think there is no hope, no life, no light, and no future – is the very place God brings forth new life for all.