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Speaking in tongues

On 4 June,  the feast of Pentecost, Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were  Psalm 104:26-35Acts 2:1-21, John 7:37-39.

Many years ago, I followed a correspondence course on the Christian faith. It was provided by a Pentecostal church with a very strong emphasis on the Holy Spirit. I had a tutor to whom I sent the responses to the questions in the course. She sent feedback to me.

At one point in the course, there was a question about being baptised in the Spirit. It assumed that evidence of that event would be speaking in tongues. In my response to the question, I was honest and wrote that I had not experienced speaking in tongues. The tutor was rather perplexed as she considered that my previous answers on the course had shown evidence of the work of the Holy Spirit in my life. Her theology considered that if the Holy Spirit had been received by a person they would most definitely speak in tongues. I had to confirm that that had not been my experience. Perhaps she went away from our correspondence and had a rethink. Who knows? What I do know is that I didn’t fit what she had been taught. Continue reading


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Pentecost

On 15 May, Pentecost, Helene Milena preached the following sermon in the Anglican Cathedral on Epiphany Island in Second Life. The readings were Psalm 104:26-end, Acts 2:1-21, John 14:8-17, 25-27.

The reflection looked at the events of the weeks from Palm Sunday to Pentecost through the eyes of a resident of Jerusalem who had chance to witness much of what went on.

It’s been an odd year so far, and that’s a fact. You get some years that just flow on as they should. The festivals mark the seasons – Purim, Passover, Pentecost, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Tabernacles, Chanukah – and then off we go again, all as it should be, nice and orderly.

Of course you do get the odd disruption when some Zealot tries to change the world, and simply succeeds in upsetting everyone and getting himself executed. They’re not going to make any difference I reckon. What with the Romans wanting things all peaceful and controlled and our leaders wanting to have the freedom to do their own thing, anyone rocking the boat is going to meet with problems pretty soon, you can be sure of that. Continue reading


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Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost is the day that we celebrate the giving of the gift of the Holy Spirit to Jesus’ apostles and to others. That same Spirit is still available for us. It’s given to assure us that we are God’s children and also to enable us to take action to spread the Good News. As Jesus promised, his followers can do work greater than he himself did, through the Spirit. We in Anglicans of SL represent many nations and are reaching people from all over the world and giving them chance to consider the gospel.

The readings on Pentecost Sunday were Acts 2:1-21 Romans 8:14-17 John 14:8-17, 25-27.

I’ve been spending some days with my daughter and son-in-law after the birth of their baby daughter on Tuesday. As you can imagine there have been lots of cards coming through the door, mostly in pink envelopes. There have been some beautiful flowers delivered and a gift pack containing chocolates and champagne. There have also been visitors calling to see and cuddle the baby and to spend time with the new parents. Inevitably they have brought a gift or gifts, mostly in pink! I’m sure our daughter anticipated being given gifts but that doesn’t remove the joy she has expressed when she’s opened them.

Today we are celebrating a birth also and a gift is part of that celebration, though perhaps not a pink gift! Jesus’ disciples were probably more focused on loss than gain on the last night before Jesus died. Jesus talked about leaving them which was hard for them to listen to.
He himself had been a great gift to them; a teacher, a friend, an older brother. To lose him would be a very great loss indeed. However, Jesus spent the time reassuring them that all would be well. In fact it would be even better for them if Jesus left as in that way the disciples would be able to do greater works than Jesus himself had done. Continue reading


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Pentecost Sunday

Gareth Janus (the Revd Gareth Edwards) led a Pentecost Service on Sunday. He preached on ‘The Power of the Spirit’. A rough transcipt follows:

Sadly many people today have low opinions of the church. Many people look down on the church today as an organization of religious organizers who sit quietly in church acting like they are enjoying a boring religious exercise. Some look at churches today as outdated organizations, products of by-gone days. Some see the church as an organization of hypocrites who offer nothing relevant to a world that is desperately needing answers to their dilemmas.

Please note that the church was never intended to be considered a sterile, irrelevant organization: it was intended to be a Spirit powered, flaming family of believers that was so changed from their former worldly actions that the world wanted what they had. Continue reading


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The Art of Possibility Brought to you by The Holy Spirit

My latest sermon preached as part of the Pentecost celebration in the Anglican Cathedral of Second Life.

The Holy Spirit has a huge role to play in our lives as Christians.. are you taking full advantage of the power of the Holy Spirit? Press the play button to hear this encouraging message. Also available as a podcast, click here for the detail.
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