In early 1997 there was a headline in the newspaper that read: "Madonna's baby will read the Bible." It seems that Madonna announced to the press that she would read the Bible to her daughter. But Madonna proceeded to explain that when she read the Bible to her daughter, she would be careful to explain that the Bible is just a bunch of stories that people made up, and that the Bible is not the rule that you have to live by. In other words, in her opinion, the Bible is simply one story in a world of many stories.
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.