Michael Marshall, a bishop of the Anglican Church, has supposedly said that if we cannot preach the power of the resurrection throughout the whole of the Easter season, then perhaps we have not grasped the power of the resurrection. Another has said that where the Bible is faithfully preached from the pulpit, the church members will not stand for another preacher who dwells on psychology, shallow theology, various modes of self-therapy, or other such substitutes. Paul was very adamant about preaching the Gospel, and that is the test of our ministry also.
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.