"Dependence" is frowned upon in our society, while "independence" is seen as a good thing.
Richard L. Floyd
If the presence and power of the Holy Spirit at that first Pentecost marks the beginning of the church, the Spirit's work was not finished on that day.
The first Christians had to trust God with no clue as to what God had in store for them. How did they do it?
The "darkness" that "isn't dark to you, O God," according to my favorite Psalm, 139, is a tough term to unpack.
Emily C. Heath
Every year on Pentecost Sunday I get the feeling that the church misses the point.
There is always something that can be done, especially by those with privilege.
Be on the lookout for the next cat flailing in the air. And next time, try to help.
When Paul describes us as "earthen vessels" in the verse above, he doesn't use the word for "good china." He's talking about ordinary, everyday dishes.
God doesn't comfort us in our exclusion, our injustice, or our defense of systemic oppression. God doesn't comfort us in our complacency, our complicity, or our sin.
Consider the Elishas you know: good, faithful people caught in a mess of someone else's making, trying with everything they've got to hang on.