Paul reminds us that we learn the Christian faith by imitating role models. The ideal role model that we have to learn from is of course Christ. For centuries an apprenticeship system has been at work in Europe. Those who wish to learn a trade or craft associate themselves with one who is a master and learn from that master. And now there is a growing interest in apprenticeship programs in the United States. The Department of Labor has suggested that a nationwide youth apprenticeship program would go a long way toward reducing unemployment among the nation's younger people. -- Bowen
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.