In an age of distrust, where people chafe at anyone having authority over them, there is a lot of resistance to our accountability one to another within churches and among churches. Our culture wants to speak of religion as being a private matter between the believer and God. A rising percentage of our population claim to be spiritual and many of those claim Jesus as their Lord and Savior but they refuse to belong to a church. If asked, they characterize the church as an irrelevant institution full of hypocrites and of more negative than positive support in their faith journey.
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.