Decades ago, Andre Crouch's chorus "Jesus Is The Answer" was sung in every corner of
evangelical Christianity. Those who wished to make fun of these supposedly simplistic
religious folk often carried banners or shouted slogans of this kind: "What's the
To say "Jesus is the answer/for the world today" may seem trite, but it is absolutely true.
All three of our lectionary passages have this theme as the key element. It was the
crowning testimony of Stephen as he approached death by martyrdom. It was the essence
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.