In the movie, The Terminator, antagonist Arnold Schwarzenegger utters these now famous words, "I'll be back!" In Terminator II, the anti-hero returns as promised, only now not to destroy but to save a young boy and his mother whom he tried to kill in the first film. The predestined savior of the human race, the boy is rescued from termination, and the future nuclear obliteration of the human race is fully thwarted. He who was once a terminator is now the savior who redeems himself through salvific acts of grace.
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.