"The Tyranny of Type" is the title of a sermon by George H. Morrison.1 Morrison wrote about the danger of squeezing people into pre-conceived forms of Christian service. Edmund Steimle made the same point in a book of sermons.2 Steimle wrote, "There's always the danger that we'll expect the fulfillment to be a stereotype ... And yet how differently God works! Just because he insists on treating us as an individual and in the light of our own individual needs and possibilities." Steimle cites varied forms of service.
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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.