Sermons on Acts

Sermons on Acts

Suppose the Grinch Stole Pentecost Instead (Pandemic Version)

Acts 2:1-21 and Numbers 11:24-30 Many notorious heists have captured the public’s imagination over the years. The Brinks Job, The Great Train Robbery, and The Gardner Museum Art Heist, to name a few. But none of these were as daring or as infamous as Dr. Seuss’ story of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. As you might recall, the Grinch’s motive for stealing Christmas was not greed; and his objective was not to get rich. It was that his heart was…

The Once and Future Church

Acts 2:42-47 Once upon a time there was a church. Not just any church. I can say with confidence that it was a church unlike what any of us have ever seen. What made it so special? First, its members devoted themselves to learning as much as they could about their faith. They devoted themselves to prayer. They devoted themselves to fellowshipping with one another and sharing meals together. Devoted themselves to those activities. It was not something that they…

Homilia Interruptus

Acts 20:7-12 The old slogan claims that laughter is the best medicine, and medicine is something we all could use as the COVID pandemic wears on. As I prayed the prayer asking God to bless the words of my mouth before I begin to preach this morning, I am reminded of a preacher’s little boy who one Sunday morning inquired, “Daddy, I notice every Sunday morning when you first come out to preach, you bow your head. What are you…

Acts of Apostles

Preached FCCW May 6, 2018 Acts 1:1-11   Your worship bulletin will tell you that the passage I just read comes from the Book of Acts. But if you had your Bible open you may have noticed that Acts is shorthand for the full title of the book, which is “The Acts of the Apostles.” This is not a book about random acts. It is about the very specific acts of a unique group of people; Jesus’ apostles. An apostle…

Trade-Offs

Preached April 15, 2018 Acts 3:12-19 and 1 John 3:1-7   A woman was driving toward home in Northern Arizona when she saw a Navajo woman hitchhiking. Because the trip had been long and monotonous, she stops the car and the Navajo woman climbs in. In the course of their small talk, the Navajo woman glances surreptitiously at a brown bag on the front seat between them. “If you’re wondering what’s in the bag,” says the woman, “it’s a bottle…

It’s Not a Party Without the Wine

Acts 2:1-21 Preached FCCW, June 4, 2017   I have a friend whom I love dearly, despite the fact that she can be kind of a wine snob. To be fair, that opinion has almost nothing to do with any actual snobbery on her part and everything to do with my own sense of inadequacy when it comes to my lack of sophistication around wine. She uses words like fruity, oaky, or robust to describe the nuances of what her…

Commencement Speech

Acts 1:1-11 Preached FCCW on May 28, 2017   The season of High School and College graduations has begun, with the usual pomp and circumstance of caps, gowns, diplomas – and of course, commencement speeches. From Will Ferrell to the Dalai Lama, Bernie Sanders to Mike Pence, and Oprah Winfrey to Mark Zuckerberg, a smorgasbord of celebrity-status Commencement speakers will be served up on campuses across the nation.