When real estate people in London auctioned off fourteen manors or feudal baronies in 1981, "tremendous interest" was reported. A buyer could gain an instant title for as little as $6,000.
But an expert in English history commented, "Buying a manorial lordship basically means becoming the owner of a lot of old documents," papers which cannot be removed from the archives. Although the outlay of cash is relatively small, you get no real property and no documents you can keep. So what's the attraction?
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.