Are You an Acts 2 Church?

If I’ve heard it once, I’ve heard it a thousand times: some erstwhile young church planter says to me, “I’m really looking to plant an Acts 2 church.”  Usually, they’re moving to Seattle-the-most-unchurched-city-in-America-actually-closer-to-Europe-than-to-anywhere-in-the-U.S.  My retort is always the same: “Yeah, that lasted about five verses; then God started killing the liars.”

Well, that wonderful little passage at the end of Acts 2 comes up in the lectionary this week.  Russell Rathbun, curator of The Hardest Question, a lectionary blog, has a great post on this passage, in which he questions our assumptions about the Utopian Church:

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