Rabbi Harold Kushner wrote the book Who Needs God? in which he makes this observation. He says that a church that admitted only saints, that only admitted those who had their lives all together, would be like a hospital that admitted only healthy people. It would be a lot easier to run, and a more pleasant place to be, but it would not be doing the joy that it is there to do.
Here we find that David, the great hero of the Old Testament, is himself a sinner. Although his offense is great, his sin does not exclude him from being part of the faith community. -- 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.