Bringing the Text to Life
At a Glance
Summer approaches, and with it the arrival of a busy travel season. It's possible that a high percentage of your congregation will be traveling at some point in the next three to four months. Thus, we begin this material with the joys and terrors of traveling in order to get into today's text in which Jesus discusses his own travel plans. In so doing, he reveals the itinerary that awaits us as well.
For material based on today's Acts text, see "Hot Faith, Cool Faith," April 20, 2008, at HomileticsOnline.com.
Last year, Timothy Merrill, senior editor of Homiletics, was in Shanghai, China, on a red-eye flight en route to Delhi, India. Boarding began about 20 minutes late, but by 9 p.m. he was in his window seat -- in coach, of course.
But the Boeing 777 did not leave the gate in Shanghai until 3 a.m. -- six hours later! Then, there was still a seven-hour flight ahead of him!
This, he said later, was the definition of "grueling." In the United States, keeping...