Salaries in professional sports have skyrocketed the last twenty years so that even mediocre athletes in some sports are millionaires. Some of the best make fifteen to twenty million dollars a year for their performance on field or court, and even more in product endorsements. Some are even able to moonlight as movie stars, perhaps adding a name rather than talent to the production. There are times when reading the sports page is much like reading the business section of the newspaper. How do players from earlier times respond to today's sports economy?
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.