the tentmaker

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"...because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them, and they worked together — by trade they were tentmakers." Acts 18:3. Tentmaker is a title taken by bi-vocational pastors. As such, I am both a pastor and a project manager. I am a pastor of a local congregation of moderate, accepting and affirming people who worship in the Baptist tradition. We call our church "Hope Memorial Baptist" and we are about 40 in number. I am also a project manager of major construction projects for the State of Georgia. My home and church is in rural Coweta County, between Peachtree City and Newnan, with a mailing address of Sharpsburg, Georgia.

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Sunday, April 30, 2006 Year B - Easter 3

Acts 3:12-19
Psalm 4
1 John 3:1-7
Luke 24:36-48

At The Witness Michael Russell is concerned that the disciples are still in the upper room. His focus is on verse 41a
While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering
He goes on to say
Perhaps it is not Jesus whom we are most tempted to treat with disbelief and suspicious pondering, but one another.
Confident as we are about God, as long as the brittleness of our inclusivity or exclusivity feed our disbelief in one another, we are still not getting Jesus' message.
Whatever it was the disciples thought about all that had gone before, or for that mater about one another, was subsmed in Jesus' opening their hearts and minds and pointing the way forward.
Wesley White at Kairos Comotion says that
As the week proceeds we prepare ourselves for a holistic peace beyond a piecemeal peace.
Brian Stoffregen at CrossMarks compares the appearances at Emmaus and the upper room and finds similarities.


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