What do you suppose Paul would say if he showed up not on the Areopagus in ancient
Athens, but in Times Square? What if he undertook his teaching not on the brow of a
Greek hill surrounded by temples, but rather inside a Starbucks, handing out mocha lattes
"Americans, I see how extremely religious you are, in every way," Paul might begin. But
instead of speaking of temples to unknown gods, he might say something like this: "I
have observed how many of you are fond of saying, 'I'm spiritual, but not religious.' I'm
“And immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way.” (v. 52b)
Good morning whoever is out there.
I hope you boys and girls are here this morning. Since I can't see you, let me know if you are actually present. (have the children touch and/or speak and/or sing) (Humor works, like have the children repeat something silly like, “Good morning fantastic, awesome, most highest lord pastor/teacher”)
I remember going to a Lent group years ago, where the priest gave all us lay folk a piece of paper and a pen and asked us to write down what we knew about Jesus. He didn't want us to write down what we'd been told about Jesus or read about Jesus, but simply what we knew for ourselves from our own experience.
I ended up with a blank sheet of paper, but one person wrote, "I know that Jesus saves me." That led onto an interesting discussion along the lines of: saves you from something? Or for something?