to Worship, Psalm 23 (KJV)
Acts 4.5-12 (1-12)
trip, 25th anniversary, pics in entry
Dodson, parting wishes:
Sedona, spiritual journey
so she could “find herself”
Robin, this is just what “comes natural” to her
and John and the healing of the lame man, in the name of Jesus
do you look at us, as if by our power or piety we made him walk?”
rejected and resurrected!
a difficulty: Exclusive salvation language in re Jesus
there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be
saved” (Acts 4.12)
acknowledge and confess Jesus Christ as our Lord, the more fully the wide range
of his dominion will be disclosed to us” (cited by Moltmann, The Church in the Power of the Spirit,
conversations after the healing
assumptions by the audiences
natural for Peter and John as it is for Robin’s presence to invite people to
tell their stories
only because it is Jesus’ nature
Woodward: “I’m not but he is. I can’t but he can. I don’t want to, but he wants
to … and he’s in me”
do Jesus’ work
audiences had rejected Jesus, and both were offered a new opportunity to
because they were teaching the people and proclaiming that in Jesus there is
resurrection of the dead” (4.2)
beams]. We live in a world shaped by what Jacques Ellul called “the power of
suicide” which is AT THE SAME TIME under the power of resurrection
finality of death, and all that death means in the world – the power of
coercion on which so much authority is based, the brokenness of human beings
and families, racism, addiction, sexual assault, cancer, a planet raided for
resources rather than cultivated and cared for.
choose to live in the light of resurrection, or live in the light of death. We
remain under both, but we choose what will define us.
long, is bending toward justice” (MLK, Stride,
receive Jesus. (The paradox of rejection as a path to salvation.) Receiving
Jesus … becomes natural to do his work.
Luther King, Stride Toward Freedom.