All Baptists Together

Jesus’s baptism showed us how the Holy Spirit can come upon any one of us. The life of Martin Luther King, Jr. reminds us that the Holy Spirit’s presence makes the powerful uncomfortable, and that controversy often follows it. In this time when we celebrate a memory of Dr. King that does not recall the controversy, it is important to recognize that prophets are often not recognized when they are living, and that we must love deeply even when we are suspicious about motives and individuals. Recognizing flaws in ourselves and society gives us hope that we can change them.
January 18, 2015

Didymus Thomas

Preached April 27, 2014 in Ankeny UCC by Rev. Nathan Willard
Sermon Text: John 20:19–31

We see Thomas in a moment of pain, confusion, and weakness. For this, he has been judged by the west as “Doubting Thomas.” But his story was different in India, where his disciples were found by Vasco De Gama in his search for Prester John. Thomas’s story was much greater than this one anecdote. Is it not the same for all of us? We have the opportunity to provide comfort and cover for those we encounter in their moments of weakness, and Thomas’s life tells us that we always have the opportunity to write another chapter, no matter how badly we think we’ve flubbed our chances.