This lesson's call to holy living seems to put more pressure on us. The famous 20th-century theologian Karl Barth has an insight that takes off some of the pressure: "Man becomes holy in virtue of the holiness of God who graciously takes action on his behalf" (Church Dogmatics, Vol. II/2, p. 364).
It seems that our holiness is the result of God's holiness, of what he put into us. It is rather like the right kind of nutrition put in you (food high in protein and carbohydrates) gives you energy (Daniel Amen, Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, pp. 148-149).
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.