Dr. Walter A. Maier, founder and first speaker of the International Lutheran Hour, was overwhelmed by the response to the Gospel as he proclaimed it over the radio. His son Paul noted that he was the first person ever to be heard round the world on a regular basis and the first to address nearly 20,000,000 persons each week. Maier had seized upon the medium of radio in its infant years and used it as a tool to proclaim the Gospel through the thirties and the forties.
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.