That passage can't help but make me think: I follow Luther! I follow Peter! I follow Calvin! And on and on! If God wants us to be of one mind and agree with one another to prevent divisions, then why does he send us to seminary where they concentrate on all the "differences"? It took me a few years in the parish to discover that even the people in my pews had different opinions! Some were more strict about drinking, like my mother! Some were more strict about smoking or playing cards. Our pastor's wife lowered the curtains in her home when she had some women over to play cards!
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.