Christianity stands or falls with its revolutionary protest against violence, arbitrariness
and pride of power, and with its plea for the weak. Christians are doing too little to make
these points clear rather than too much. Christendom adjusts itself far too easily to the
worship of power. Christians should give more offense, shock the world far more than
they are doing now. Christians should take a stronger stand in favor of the weak rather
than considering first the possible right of the strong.
(From Dietrich Bonhoeffer, "Sermon on 2 Corinthians 12:9," given at St. Paul's
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.