When Gordon Allport gave us his criteria for mature religion, he indicated that such religion is always heuristic. By that he meant that religiously healthy people are always seeking for more light and accept the fact that there is an inevitable tentativeness about faith. The mature person of faith is always open to new ideas and finds in challenges to faith not threat but promise. This is very much in keeping with the call to wisdom issued in the book of Proverbs. It was Peter Abe lard who said: "The first key to wisdom is assiduous and frequent questioning.
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.