The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Edmond Browning, has gone on record with the controversial words, "There will be no outcasts in the Episcopal Church." His statement has caused no small controversy, being hailed by the "left" as words of welcome and denounced by traditionalist others who feel outcast as a result of it! Whatever the Bishop might have meant by his words he alone knows. But virtually the same words were said in wonder and amazement when the circumcised believers heard Peter's story of the Holy Spirit being given to the Gentile Cornelius.
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.