Sunday, May 28 at 11am | Bulletin

‘All were amazed and disturbed. They asked each other, “What does this mean?” ‘ Acts 2:12

So, as you’re all probably tired of hearing by now, Amanda and I graduated from Union Theological Seminary last weekend.

I’ve been reflecting a lot over this past week about the degree we each received, Master of Divinity. Several people have asked me about the degree – questions along the lines of what exactly it is, or what it means, and frankly, I’ve been asking myself the same question. What does it mean to Master Divinity?

If I’ve learned one thing about the divine between both my life experience and my academic studies, it’s that God is completely unruly, just like that that noisy wind that blows through the room where the apostles gathered on Pentecost.

Standing at the threshold of Pentecost, I can’t help but think back on the journey through scripture we’ve been on with Jesus’s first disciples through this Eastertide season, a journey that took us through their fear and great joy at the resurrection, through doubting the possibility of the resurrection while still metabolizing the trauma of Jesus’s violent death, through complete unawareness of the presence of the risen Christ walking with them along the road to Emmaus, and through last week‘s awestruck gazing at the heavens as Jesus’s physical presence departed from them for the final time as he ascended into heaven.

And now, here we are, the miracle of Pentecost is at hand. But what does it mean?

I look forward to being with you on Sunday, as we explore this question and others, together.

See you Sunday,