Racial and gender imbalances continue to plague our nation. Women reportedly only make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes in the same job. As recently as 2011, blacks only made 63% the salaries of whites. Since the Reagan era, life has not been good for the poor and middle class. Income for the top 20% has increased while income for the bottom 80% has declined. In the 1970s the top 1% owned 8% of the total income, while in 2012 they received 18%. Meanwhile the bottom 20% of Americans lost 30% of what they were making in the late 1970s.
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.