The church has always regarded as members those who have been validly baptized with water in the name of the Trinity. It is because of this passage of scripture. This is the only command of Jesus to baptize to be found anywhere in the New Testament. Acts tells us the first disciples were baptized in the name of Jesus (2:28). But by the end of the century, the Trinitarian formula seems almost universal. To allow ourselves to be bogged down in the time and place and authenticity of this passage only muddies the intent of the Lectionary authors.
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.