Times are tough for the Holy Spirit among mainline Protestants. A 2008 Barna Research Group poll found that 2 out of 3 Americans regard the Holy Spirit as merely a symbol of God's presence and not a living reality. But Paul testifies that the Spirit lives and has a real job to do. Sinners that we are, we would not be following Jesus were it not for the Holy Spirit. It is like Martin Luther once wrote: "I believe that by my own reason or strength I cannot believe in Jesus Christ my Lord, or come to him.
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.