Every spring, people go walking through the woods looking for mushrooms, and every spring someone dies because they mistakenly pick and eat poisonous mushrooms. One day, a man named Ken brought home a bunch of mushrooms that his wife had never seen before. So before they ate these mushrooms they looked them up in a book, and based upon what the book said about these mushrooms, they prepared and ate them. They risked their lives on the testimony of a book writer. The people Paul is talking about are risking far more on far less authority.
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.