Between the Lines: Easter 6: May 13, 2012


HOLY SPIRIT – FOIX (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Text: Acts 10:44-48

Then Peter said, ‘Can anyone withhold the water for baptizing these people who have received the Holy Spirit just as we have?’

What do you make of Peter’s testimony that these outsiders have already been empowered by God’s Holy Spirit without ever having been baptized? What is Peter suggesting about the power and nature of the Holy Spirit? How might one like a Gentile (non-believer or non-member) meet or be filled with the Holy Spirit? What is being suggested here about baptism? What do you suppose Peter might tell you is the purpose of baptism? What do you know of rules and regulations – traditions and historical conventions – that make this division by denying unbaptized people access to community or liturgy, receiving bread and wine at the Eucharist, even ordination? What do you know of unbaptized people you have known who extol and pray to God as well as speak in a holy tongue? What is the cost and promise of high walls and deep divisions along baptismal lines? What might be the cost and promise of crossing over them, welcoming, even being touched by Godly unbaptized hand?

– Bill Dols

“Between the Lines” is excerpted from BibleWorkbench, a weekly resource for engaging the biblical story in a new way published by the Educational Center in Charlotte, NC. BibleWorkbench includes a series of open-ended questions focused on a reading in the Common Lectionary aimed at drawing readers into the story and making connections with the world around them and the world within. Also included are “Between the Lines” reflections, Parallel Readings from literature, poetry, and the news, and Critical Background on the text and its setting. For details and subscription information, go to

One response to “Between the Lines: Easter 6: May 13, 2012

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