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The Giver of Life

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 Eve of Pentecost

Talitha Arnold

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 Value of the Dark

Kaji Douša

The "darkness" that "isn't dark to you, O God," according to my favorite Psalm, 139, is a tough term to unpack.


Learning New Languages

Emily C. Heath

Every year on Pentecost Sunday I get the feeling that the church misses the point.


Shikata Ga Nai

Molly Baskette

There is always something that can be done, especially by those with privilege. 


Don't Congratulate a Cat on its Landing

Lillian Daniel

Be on the lookout for the next cat flailing in the air. And next time, try to help. 


Lobster Bisque in a Paper Cup

Matt Laney

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.


Comfort Ye

Vince Amlin

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. 


Troubled Waters

Vicki Kemper

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.


Chosen Family

Emily C. Heath

Our families teach us who we are, and who we can be. And sometimes God creates families for us in the most amazing ways.