The PBS television network presented a documentary series called Genesis: A Living Conversation. Television commentator, Bill Moyers, assembled ten groups of distinguished biblical scholars, church leaders, and literary figures to talk about this first book of the Bible. In one of the early shows, they discussed the story of Noah. Bill Moyers asked one of the panel members, a newspaper editor, what kind of headline he would write for the Noah story. The editor responded with something predictable, like "God Destroys World." One of the other panel members was the Reverend Dr.
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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.