Dr. Elizabeth Roberts' important work on the working-class lives in industrial towns
yields several testimonies on the extent of the parents' authority over their children. One
woman told Dr. Roberts this about the woman's mother: "She wasn't bossy, but she was
the prevailing spirit in the house you know. We knew that and we were brought up that
way, if mother said it you did it, and it wasn't a case of I'll ask m'dad" (Elizabeth Roberts, A Woman's Place: An Oral History of Working Class Women, 1890-1940 [Oxford: Blackwell's, 1996]).
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.