Pentecost offers a vision for Europe: not one megastate or one system for everything, but a model of diversity as peace.
Easter | Day of Pentecost (Year B)
Acts 2:1-21; Romans 8:22-27 or Ezekiel 37:1-14 (Psalm 104:24-34, 35b); John 15:26-27, 16:4b-15
Could the Spirit's love be poured into the hearts of people untouched by the incarnation? Could non-Christians be lovers of the only God there is?
Langston Hughes challenged our consciousness by asking, “What happens to a dream deferred?” What results when hope, aspirations, callings, and promises are delayed, put off, postponed, or thwarted? Were they flawed expectations? Do such deferred dreams become burdensome desires that fade and never manifest, forever haunting us? Six months after Michael Brown was fatally shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri—where I serve as a pastor—there are families still wrestling with the question, “What would have happened if...?”