There is more and more conversation these days about road rage and how rude our culture has become. When we become set on a course, we do not like to be distracted from it or slowed down in our quest. If someone gets in our way in any way, well, just too bad for that person! Christians are not immune from the bite of this hyper-"me and my needs first" bug. The infection spreads not only onto the street but also into the church. The elevated temperature of complaints is usually one of the first symptoms. People will complain about changes in the liturgy or order of service.
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.