In 2002, a teacher in the Brookfield (Ohio) School District rejected Jesus as the proposed subject of one student's class paper. The assignment was for the students to write about the person who had influenced them the most. When the student said he wanted to write about Jesus, his teacher told him that Jesus was not a real person and that he should pick another topic. The student's parents sued on their son's behalf, asking for cash damages and for the school district to declare that Jesus was a real person. (Reported in The Wall Street Journal, July 19, 2002, W15.)
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.