A Primer on Pentecost

I kept trying two weeks ago to write a good summary post about Pentecost, and it was coming out dry and boring. So I wrote a post about fire instead. Then I went to church on Pentecost, and Fr. Rod preached an excellent sermon that captured everything I wanted to say and more, and said it loads better. He recorded the sermon and has given me permission to share it with you. I know 14.5 minutes might seem like a long time, but it’s only the length of like three youtube videos. (And I know I’ve spent a much less profitable quarter of an hour on youtube than listening to a Pentecost sermon.) So pull out your knitting and clue #2, kick back, and ponder this excellent holiday.

If you’d like to review the readings he’s talking about, they were the Revised Common Lectionary readings for Pentecost, Year B: Acts 2:1-21, Psalm 104, Romans 8:22-27, and John 15:16-17 and 4-15.

Click here to download the MP3. The beginning’s a little static-y, but it gets better after a minute or so.

The Reverend Rodney Whitacre is a holy, contemplative dude who has been a New Testament professor at Trinity School for Ministry for longer than I’ve been alive. He has a boundless love for ukeleles. His academic work includes a highly readable commentary on John (I link to Amazon for reference, but if you can, order from a small business like Trinity’s bookstore. All profits at the bookstore go straight back to help the school.)

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