Paul notes that stewards are to be trustworthy. It has become customary that a
background check is made on new employees. Scouting leaders, teachers, even Sunday
school teachers and youth workers are required to provide police checks before working
with youth. This has become necessary due to the rise of instances of abuse of children,
misappropriation of funds, and other criminal activities. Paul leaves his background
check in the hands of the one true judge, the Lord, which probably would disqualify him
from certain jobs in today's world. That's sad.
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.