Lesslie Newbigin, a former bishop of the Church of South India in Madras, delivered a famous series of lectures at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1984. The series was, "Can the West be Converted?" The question was provoked by the phenomenal growth of the Christian church in Asia and the Southern Hemisphere and the decline of Christianity in the West. The bishop took note of the fact that modern science in the western world rested upon a faith developed in Europe on the basis of a world-view of the Bible.
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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.