In 1950, the American anthropologist, Ashley Montagu, wrote On Being Human. At that time, the view passed down from the 19th century was that life is struggle, competition, and the survival of the fittest. In this view humankind evolved in a struggle with "Nature, red in tooth and claw."
The startling thesis of this little book is that this is not true. Montagu claimed that all living things are biologically constituted to demand satisfaction in terms of cooperation and love. As Montagu puts it, "Men who do not love one another are sick" (p. 100).
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.