Each lesson for this Sunday reflects a background of change, uncertainty, threat, and social volatility. But what's new about that? Isn't such a background the norm of history rather than the exception? The potential for disorder is always around us and within us. I see Michael Crichton's novel, Jurassic Park, as a commentary on the human arrogance that believes the potential for disorder can be controlled and dinosaurian inclinations held in check. In the story it is the character, Malcom, who questions the pretension of human knowledge.
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.