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In Broad Daylight

I love this passage. You could easily skip over Peter’s observation of what is happening. He can see that many around are amused at what they are seeing and hearing. In fact they are bewildered because they are hearing the message of the gospel in their native tongue. I think this is the key to effective communication. Today’s generation need to hear a church speaking in their native language. It is for us to begin to unpack what that means in the various settings we find ourselves. There is something beautiful about all this. God breaks into our world in broad daylight. Perhaps it’s an interesting idea that God can speak to a group of people on their way to work. Podcasts and emails and text messages may well be God’s new Pentecost happening every day even before 9’o’clock in the morning.

Walk with us Father
Be in our headphones
Speak a word of hope
May your Kingdom come 
Taking a song
A podcast
A news item
And turning it into 
A prayer
A promise
A practice
Today I pray 
Your Kingdom Come!

Act 2: 13-15 (NRSVA)

13 But others sneered and said, ‘They are filled with new wine.’

14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them: ‘Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. 15 Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning.


By Anne, about 6 months ago

How true. The overall image of the Church of Scotland is totally outdated to the majority of younger people - and sadly, as a woman in her mid fifties, I count myself as one of the ‘young ones’ in my current situation. Expecting young people to engage with a living & loving God, when the services and structures might as well be conducted in Latin, is never going to result in the growth of His kingdom in Scotland. Jesus broke the conventions and so should we. And we have the advantage that we now live in a world of multiple opportunities for communication every second of the day! Let’s use it.
Thank you, Albert, for your thoughts today.

By Jim steel, about 6 months ago

What a wonderful message….can i dare to dream that every church groups goal would be to speak in a language that relates to its community Where ever they are….oh please bring on the video streams, the songs, the poems the paintings, the pod casts, the sermons on social networks.

By Ann Cubitt, about 6 months ago

This is so on the money! We need to use all the modern technology to communicate the message both inside the church and outside it. We should never scorn Facebook or instagram and use to communicate not only the gospel but what the church is doing in Christ’s name. Modern music, the use of video clips, lots of humour, involvement of young people and a willingness to share our own faith are all essential. Taking the church outdoors is also a must as it is difficult to get young folk over the door. This was a great message.

By Fiona Campbell , about 6 months ago

What a prescient interpretation of this passage.  The personal immediacy of certain communication - songs, poems, paintings, radio seem very close to prayer.

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