Eighty years ago Dr. James Denny wrote about a friend living in Scotland who was an avid fisherman. The friend related that one day while fishing he lost his bait without a fish striking. He explained that the barb that hooks the fish had been broken. He said that is exactly what happens when people preach the love of God to people, but leave out of the gospel message the essential truth that it is Christ on the cross in whom the love is revealed. Denny aptly relates that Christ on the cross is the barb on the fishing hook.
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.