Bringing the Text to Life
At a Glance
In many cities of the United Kingdom, cemeteries are full. Where to put dead people? In someone else's grave, of course! This rather macabre idea is known as grave sharing. This concept is an appropriate place to start today's sermon, because we know there happens to be an empty tomb available. The previous occupant checked out about 2,000 years ago.
For material based on today's Acts text, see "Church Behaving Badly," April 12, 1998, at HomileticsOnline.com.
In Britain, a nationwide shortage of grave space is reaching "crisis levels."
Yes, grave space. Places to bury dead people. It's getting hard to find space to bury people in Britain.
So, people who are concerned about this emergency are exploring the crisis in depth, seeking creative ideas to solve this problem. Not surprisingly, they've come up with a few tentative, skeleton ideas that offer a glimmer of hope.
But first, context: Remember that London, a city that's been inhabited for 2,000 years, has a...