Americans have over-inflated images about themselves. Psychologists have discerned a cognitive bias termed illusory superiority that most of us share, a tendency to overestimate our qualities and abilities. As a result we are rather judgmental of the morality of others (though not our own). A 2010 Gallup poll found 76% of Americans thought the state of morality in American was declining (implying that theirs was better than everybody else's). And a 2012 Rasmussen poll found that 65% of the public believes that we are too generous with the way we administer welfare.
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.