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The birthday of the church

Today is Whitsunday, or Pentecost, to give it its biblical name. It commemorates that moment when the Holy Spirit descended on the first followers of Jesus, turning them from a group of somewhat bewildered disciples into the movement that was to change the world.

This, then, is the birthday of ‘the church’. So here’s a little birthday present for you: an excerpt on Pentecost from Kingdom of Fools, which looks at when it took place, where it took place, what kinds of people were there, and why the authorities in the Temple might have got annoyed about it.

Kingdom of Fools: Pentecost