Becoming a Brother to the Other

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There’s a section of Acts chapter 8 that contains one of the most interesting – and strangest – stories in the New Testament. It’s Phillip’s encounter with the Ethiopian eunuch, someone who would indeed be seen as “other” from the point of view of those who consider themselves “normal” practitioners of religion. A spiritual seeker, the Ethiopian man would have been barred from the Hebrew community. How do we treat people who are “other”? How is being a disciple of Jesus about embracing “otherness?”

A movie to consider in light of the story is Priscilla, Queen of the Deserta 1994 Australian comedy about three “drag queens” who cross the Australian outback, and the differing responses to their “otherness” that they experience.

Sermon on April 29, 2018. Acts 8:26-40. The Rev. Dr. Jeffrey A. Vamos preaching.

2018-05-08T13:19:53+00:00April 29th, 2018|Pastor's Blog, Sermon Audio, Sermons|

One Comment

  1. John E MacDonald September 25, 2018 at 2:18 pm - Reply

    This question may present a bit of a strawman. “Embracing otherness” is probably not required. I don’t need to “embrace” Hinduism to help my Hindu neighbor with a downed tree limb, I just need to lend him my chainsaw. If we undertake to treat all persons in a Christian manner, we simply bi-pass the whole “otherness” issue entirely.

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