I grew up on those pious Hollywood biblical epics of the 1950s, which looked like holy
cards brought to life. I remember my grin when Time magazine noted that
Jeffrey Hunter, starring as Christ in King of Kings (1961), had shaved his
armpits. (Not Hunter's fault; the film's crucifixion scene had to be re-shot because
preview audiences objected to Jesus' hairy chest.)
If it does nothing else, Mel Gibson's film will break the tradition of turning Jesus and his
disciples into neat, clean, well-barbered, middle-class businessmen. They were poor men
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.