When I was in seminary, I was told that every passage of Scripture could point to baptism or communion. Any text could and should move the congregation towards one of these two sacraments.
God is God and we are not. Only God has perfect knowledge. We are limited to what we can fully know.
How can we move toward unity in the Christian church when the contemporary Christian scene includes multiplied thousands of denominations, all claiming to profess the Christian faith?
Unity has never been an easy thing for fallen humans, and the people of God are not excluded from this.
Place, a real location in time and space, can be welcoming or hostile.
Today is Pentecost. Unlike Christmas and Easter, however, you’ll find no displays in Target. No chocolate filled flames, no marshmallow tongues of fire or Pentecost-Red bead necklaces.