Some years ago I was a guest at a church convention. The delegates had a healthy debate regarding how the church should respond to a variety of social concerns. One young man, whose heart was clearly in the right place, frequently went up to the floor microphone and argued his position. His statements were not well thought out, but he had plenty of words to share and plenty of passion. It was difficult to understand his line of reasoning because he wasn't very articulate, and people began to chuckle as he made his trips to the microphone.
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.