Kathy has a choice to either go to the local shopping mall with her friends on Saturday, or
volunteer at the local food pantry located in the damp church basement. In Mark 8,
Caesarea Philippi was the location of the ancient shopping mall of assorted local gods.
When Peter confessed Jesus as the "Messiah," it was in the presence of all the populist
gods of the times in the pagan Roman Empire.
"Every day we are challenged by false gods. It is easy to 'believe' if you have never been
assailed by radical unbelief" (Douglas John Hall, Why Christian: For Those on the Edge
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.