Moses by John August Swanson. Image from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, Tenn. Original source © 1983 by John August Swanson.
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Overview of Year 2
Preaching Series on Creeds
Preaching Series on Sabbath
Acts 2:1-18; Matthew 28:17-20 Commentary
by Karl Jacobson
[This is Week 3 of a 3-week preaching series on the Creeds.]
Preaching texts: Acts 2:1-18; Matthew 28:17-20
For many, the Holy Spirit is the hardest confession of faith either to understand or to make. For humankind to identify the work of the Spirit is either in the 20/20 of hindsight, or an act of purest optimism -- or do we call that trust?
Acts 2 recalls the promise of Joel 2, the promise of God’s Spirit being poured out “upon all flesh.” One might see in this -- both the promise and its realization on the day of Pentecost -- as another example of what Genesis 1:2 describes as “a wind from God” sweeping “over the face of the waters.”
In the Pentecost event, and by extrapolation in the act of baptism which is quite literally a little Pentecost, the Spirit is given and the Spirit then gives gifts -- gifts of prophecy and vision and, fundamentally, the gift of confession, of being able to profess faith in Christ Jesus. When I was young, my pastor had me memorize Luther’s explanation ...
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NL Podcast 369: Preaching Series on Creeds
September 01, 2019
This podcast covers the three-week summer preaching series on Creeds featuring Profs. Rolf Jacobson, Craig Koester, and Kathryn Schifferdecker. Recorded at Luther Seminary, Saint Paul, Minn. for Working Preacher.