An article in the March 26, 2001, issue of U. S. News and World Report suggests that adults are suffering from Attention Deficit Disorder. Since 1965, the average news sound bite has shrunk from 42 seconds to just 8. The average network television ad has shrunk from 53 seconds to 25. Fifteen-second ads are now commonplace, and three-second ads are on the rise. The average office worker sends or receives 201 messages daily -- voice mail, e-mail, faxes, and an occasional Post-it Note. Cellphones, pagers, and handheld computers are always plugged in.
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.