There was a ninety-year-old woman who wanted to do something about the problem of teen pregnancy. So she was prepared to give $250,000 to a university in the southwestern part of the United States to establish a scholarship for women who are virgins, as a way to encourage young women to refrain from sexual activity. But the school declined her offer, saying that they did not think it was right for the university to dictate morals like that. Jesus grieved over the condition that Jerusalem had fallen into. We likewise have reason to grieve over the state of our own society. -- 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.