The opening of the book of Acts may be thought of as the first act of Christian education in the church. Christian education is more than religious training. Indoor soccer at church youth meetings may have seemed no more Christian than learning "Itsy Bitsy Spider" at vacation Bible school, but the accepting love from activities directors was an aspect of Christ-centered education. The transition to young adulthood was an awakening curiosity, an un-named calling, if not pulling; a need for direction and meaning. In those years there was a mentor.
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.