If you ask most believers about how they express their faith, they usually mention that
they go to church, keep the commandments, contribute regularly, and pray. If you ask
those same members their expectations of their ministers, they'd say they count on them
to preach, visit the sick, officiate at weddings and funerals, encourage giving, counsel the
troubled, be visible in the community, and make the church grow.
Those perspectives illustrate why many churches are literally on the ropes -- hardly any
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.