It was a standing-room-only crowd where I preached a few years ago in Hollywood. A
well-dressed young man strode forward making an extraordinary claim. We first met him
the evening before as he chatted and drank coffee at a church social.
None of us knew that this man had petitioned a court of law to change his name. The
judge denied his request. Nonetheless, this man now stood before our group saying that
he was Jesus Christ, the Second. Later we wondered whether he hoped to achieve fame in
Hollywood by capitalizing on a celebrated religious name. Who's to say it wouldn't
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.