In my early teens I attended a fundamentalist church with my mother. One of the things I remember hearing about from the pulpit was the second coming of Christ. However, the preacher didn't just talk about the forth-coming event. He looked at many of us individually and asked, "Where will you be when Jesus comes back? Will you miss seeing him because you are in a tavern? In a theater watching a dirty movie? In bed with someone other than your spouse? Will you be found engaging in some kind of terrible sin?" (In this church that also meant playing cards, dancing or smoking.)
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.