Do Unto Others! That’s It.

From the way Jesus talks about them, you would be forgiven for thinking that the Pharisees were the villains of the New Testament. After all, he calls them some pretty horrible names: hypocrites, whited sepulchers, blind guides … In fact, he doesn’t seem to have too much good to say about them or to them.

headshotnosmilingHowever, by human standards, the Pharisees were actually the good guys of their time. In fact, they were people just like ourselves.

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The Parable of the Prodigal Son Speaks for Itself

The Prodigal SonEvangelism is an important ministry and it’s a subject that we should all hold dear to our hearts.  But when we think about evangelism, more often than not we think about the Word being preached in a far away continent or in an isolated part of the city, and while that is evangelism, that isn’t necessarily the evangelism that we’re most directly called to participate in. If we think about it this way… those in far away continents and those in the underserved parts of cities or in the most rural of areas, tend to have much stronger faith than those of us who are more urbane, educated or wealthier…

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God’s Agenda or Yours?

Delivered by Archbishop Council Nedd II at St. Alban’s Anglican Church on the First Sunday After Ascension

“… The Comforter is how Jesus describes the Holy Ghost. And Jesus chose the word “comforter” to describe the Holy Ghost because Jesus knew precisely what was in store for the new Christians. He goes on to warn them that they are going to be expelled from the synagogues. Worse than that, people will try to kill the Christians, solid in their belief that they are doing God a favor…”

It’s all very prophetic, but it really doesn’t deal with the event we are actually commemorating, which is Jesus’ ascent to heaven, and the apostles’ reaction.

Ascension174The apostles’ reactions immediately prior to the Ascension tell a significant story. They illustrate with crystal clarity the stubbornness with which we subordinate God’s agenda to our own, and we do this without actually realizing it. Today’s Gospel provides a very useful contrast between what Jesus actually said at the Last Supper, and what the apostles thought they heard. This Passover meal was Jesus’ last opportunity to prepare the Apostles for the ordeal to come…”

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