Conflict is inevitable in human life, even in churches. A poll of evangelical pastors taken a decade ago by Christianity Today revealed that 95% of these clergy had experienced conflict with their congregations. It is quite likely that these numbers have not improved. Author Marcia Lynn McClure notes how much we like to gossip. In her The Heavenly Surrender, she writes: "People like to think the worst. They like to have hushed gossip sessions and point their fingers at someone's problems that are more obvious than their own."
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.