This week is flying by already, isn't it?
This coming Sunday is Pentecost, of course. I am preaching the Ezekiel passage and the Acts passage. I love the imagery of the wind.
A preacher friend of mine once preached a sermon about wind in the church's sails that has made me think about this for years. From the beginning of the 20th century, the church could count on the support of the culture. Church and society were tighly entwined.(Perhaps too tightly, but that's another sermon.) But that is not true any longer. The church needs to count on something else--the fresh winds of the Spirit.
There are those who are trying to re-entwine church and society in ways that are (IMHO) unhealthy. Instead of being supported by culture, some churches are trying to adapt to the culture and become part of it instead. I'm not talking just about "Coffee House/Seeker" church where little theological curiosity is demanded, but that is one example of where I see the tail potentially wagging the dog.
Send us fresh winds instead, Lord!
Anyway, that is what I'm thinking today. How about you?