Bringing the Text to Life
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The death last year of eminent mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot reminds us of his work with fractals. He noticed that in nature, small parts often resemble the whole. Mandelbrot took this phenomenon - which he called "self-similarity" - and used it as a basis for building a new kind of geometry. And his work helps us understand our relationship to the Creator, the theme of this psalm. When you're done preaching this, you will not only understand fractals and faith, but you'll actually care about it.
For a number of homiletical treatments of the traditional Pentecost text for Cycles A, B and C, Acts 2:1-21, go to the Homiletics archives, HomileticsOnline.com. Search by Date or by Scripture. We suggest "Bug Buildup," May 19, 2002.
Psalm 104 is a hymn of praise to God as the Creator of the world. As verse 24 says, "O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all."
Okay, but did God design the world before actually doing the creating? Can you...