If you were to stop a person on the street, at random, and ask him or her, "Show me the
foundation of the church," you might get one of several answers.
Some literal-minded individuals might point to the actual foundation of the building: the
bricks and mortar on which it stands. Others might hum quietly to themselves that old
Sunday school song, "The church is not a building, the church is not a steeple, the church
is not a resting-place, the church is people" -- then, they'd point out the gathering
of Christians who comprise the church-as-organization.
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.