Past performance does not guarantee future returns. This statement is necessary to
consider not only when investing money but also in many other dimensions of human
life. We often face the future with our thinking not only formed by but captured by the
past. Teachers have been accused of trying to teach the last generation, as generals of
preparing to fight the last war.
Adult Christians often face life with a faith formed in their fourth-grade Sunday school
class, but which hasn't matured since. Many congregations expect to do ministry as it was
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.