Critique of Peter’s Sermon in Acts 2

Some consider Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost to be among greatest sermons ever (not preached by Jesus).  But let’s take a closer look.

The intro is a little weak.  The joke about “they aren’t drunk” is not that funny.  Peter really doesn’t have a good illustration, joke, attention grabber at the beginning.

His points?  Well, I don’t think we can say there are three of them.  Maybe his main point is “Jesus is Lord and Christ” and the sub-point is that God chose Him and His Resurrection.  By counting the main plus the subs, we get three but it’s not really a three point sermon. They are not parallel or successive.  Worst of ALL, no alliteration!!

There is no humor.

There are only two Scriptures used. I don’t know if we can call that a “Gospel” sermon with only two Bible references.

His closing is a bit abrupt.  There really isn’t the proper development and buildup for his conclusion.

The worst and most glaring error is that he doesn’t even give the “Plan of Salvation!” WHAT?  He only mentions 2 of the 5 steps ordained by God.  How can all those baptisms count when those people didn’t hear the full Plan?!?!

He also neglects to point out any of the distinctives of the One True Church (OTC).

I think Peter needs to do some reading on homiletics, read the Spiritual Sword, and then come back and try again.

I give him a C- for his sermon on the day of Pentecost.


Dealing with Grief

John Dobbs has begun a great site as a place to encourage the hurting.


Mike Cope has been writing a series of articles of grief, specifically dealing with the loss of a child. (If you haven’t read “Megan’s Secret,” about his daughter who died at age 10, you should.)

It starts HERE and definitely read the comments, many others share about their journey.

A Fellowship Tragedy

It happened at Wal-Mart.

Jenny Mae was in the check-out line.  She saw a young lady from church named Denise looking at the books and magazines.  She assumed she was looking at Vogue or Cosmo, but it turned out to be much more serious than that.

Jenny was too far away to greet her and didn’t want to yell but decided to go in the opposite direction from the exit she needed to say hello.  But as she approached, she saw something that stopped her in her tracks.

Denise had picked up a Max Lucado book and was thumbing through it.  Jenny Mae was shocked, confounded, and quickly turned around and hurried out the door.  Luckily she had the cell phone her daughter had given her.

Back in the store, Denise put down the offending volume, and picked up the latest Vogue and headed to the check-out line.  She had no idea of what would happen next.

Jenny Mae quickly called her preacher and set the ball rolling.