Alex Longo was a first-grader in New Jersey. One day he showed up in class with invitations to his birthday party. But the teacher said that since he was inviting only boys to his party and no girls that went against the school's policy regarding gender equality. So Alex was sent home, not having been allowed to hand out the invitations. When the boy's father called the school, he asked if all of his son's future slumber parties would have to be co-ed. The message is about inviting others to come and see Jesus. In what ways do we limit that invitation?
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.