Gods and goddesses are plentiful these days, luring adherents into strange expressions of faith. Lam Sai-wing is a very up-scale jewelry salesman, who boasts the world's most expensive bathroom. It cost him 4.9 million dollars to appoint his toilet facility with solid gold furnishings, jewels on the ceiling and two 24-carat commodes as the center of attraction. This extravagance is Lam's way of giving testimony to his fortune, which he claims hit the stratosphere after he worshiped the goddess of mercy, Kuan Yin, at one of her temples on the Kowloon Peninsula in China.
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.