Here is a sermon I preached fifteen years ago (May 21, 2000) at University Hill Congregation on the texts in the Ecumenical Common Lectionary for this coming Sunday, May 3 - Acts 8:26-40 & John 15:1-8.
longer. Yet, as the folks in our ‘Disciple Bible Study’ have been discovering this past year, the
Bible is full of forgotten surprise. Take this morning, for example. We find ourselves deep into
this season’s Eastertide readings from the Acts of the Apostles where we come upon a peculiar
little story ... the story of ‘Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch’. This is a little known and often
ignored passage. Not one that was talked of often in the Sunday School classes of my youth. I
suppose that the teachers must have feared the inevitable question: “What’s a eunuch?”.
Nonetheless, I have come to believe this week that there may be no more important story for
our congregation to consider at this time in our life. So this morning there are no hidden
agendas ... all of the preacher’s cards are on the table right from the beginning. Simply put, my
intention is to convince you that Acts chapter four, verses twenty-six through forty is not some
odd, inconsequential ancient story but is, in truth, God’s living, breathing Word here and now.