In the languages of the Bible, “Spirit” and “breath” are the same word.
In the gospel of John, on the evening of Easter Sunday, Jesus breathed himself into his gathered disciples and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”
Jesus became communicable. He is the living One, who through the process of his death, made his . . . → Read More: Sermon given on Pentecost Sunday 2017, June 4, at St. Mark’s in Teaneck
[May 27, 2012] Today is the Feast of Pentecost in the Christian churches which follow the Western calendar. On that day the ascended Jesus equipped the church with the anointing of the Holy Spirit to empower them to be His witnesses unto the uttermost part of the earth. The portion of Matthew’s . . . → Read More: Matthew 9:35—10:15, The Sending Out of the Called Ones
[June 12, 2011] Today is Pentecost Sunday and in our service of worship we will probably discuss the significance of the Holy Spirit descending on the church on Pentecost and the difference between that and the coming of the Holy Spirit in the Gospel according to John. These are not the same; the . . . → Read More: John 15:18—16:4, The Spirit’s Testifying
[May 23, 2010] In today’s gospel reading, Jesus is the One stronger than Satan who breaks into his house, binds the “strong man,” and robs him of his goods. This is how Jesus described Himself in 3:27. The sad man whom Jesus delivered was dwelling among the tombs and in the mountains, . . . → Read More: Mark 5:1-20, The Gospel among the Gentiles
[May 31, 2009] Today’s gospel reading (Luke 24:36-53) is the end of The Gospel according to Luke. But unlike the ending of the other gospels, this gospel continues with the Acts of the Apostles. The end of Luke segues into Acts. Let us see how Luke ends his gospel to prepare us for . . . → Read More: Luke 24:36-53, The Gift of Word and Spirit