Peace

Shane Claiborne 06-13-2011

This past weekend, Christians around the world celebrated one of our holiest holi-days: Pentecost. Pentecost, which means "50 days," is celebrated seven weeks after Easter (hence the 50), and marks the birthday of the Church, when the Holy Spirit is said to have fallen on the early Christian community like fire from the heavens. (For this reason, lots of Christians wear red and decorate in pyro-colors. This day is also where the fiery Pentecostal movement draws its name).

But what does Pentecost Sunday have to do with just another manic Monday?

What does a religious event a couple of thousand years old have to offer the contemporary, pluralistic, post-Christian world we live in? I'd say a whole lot. Here's why:

Let me start by confessing my bias. Not only am I a Christian, but I am a Christian who likes fire. I went to circus school and became a fire-swallowing, fire-breathing, torch-juggling-pyro-maniac as you'll see here. So naturally, I like Pentecost.

Hannah Lythe 06-09-2011
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Bryan Farrell 06-08-2011
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Lynne Hybels 06-06-2011

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Hannah Lythe 06-02-2011
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Jim Rice 06-01-2011
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Theresa Cho 06-01-2011
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Elizabeth Palmberg 05-26-2011
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Hannah Lythe 05-26-2011
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Bryan Farrell 05-25-2011
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Ryan Rodrick Beiler 05-25-2011

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Hannah Lythe 05-19-2011
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Eugene Cho 05-18-2011

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Hannah Lythe 05-18-2011
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Jim Wallis 05-18-2011

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Jacqueline Klamer 05-17-2011

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Jim Wallis 05-12-2011
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