He was an agnostic, and his wife an atheist. After receiving a direct-mail flier from our
church, they decided to come to one of our services. Soon they attended regularly and
also came to a Bible study. Both were inquisitive and intelligent. Church members
befriended them and enjoyed their company.
As quickly as they started, however, they stopped. The husband decided to look
elsewhere for answers, enrolling in a course offered by a church that emphasizes reason.
It teaches humankind's essential goodness; one must merely find the good inside and
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.