In the original Greek, the gospel of John doesn't use the nouns "faith" or "belief," only the
verb, meaning "to trust in, rely upon, place one's confidence in." John's gospel leaves us
with "believing in" or "faithing in." Jesus states that his students already place their
confidence in God. Now he tells them to place their confidence in him -- no matter the
troubles around them or within them.
Kirsopp Lake nailed down the "active" part of faith, "Faith is not belief in spite of
evidence, but life in scorn of consequences." Martin Luther exhibited the confidence of
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.