A story was circulated that during the last great persecution of the early church there was a discussion as to how to uproot Christianity from the Roman empire. Many ideas were considered for crushing the Christians. An apostate Christian told the emperor and the council that it was of no use to burn the Christians. He said, "If you burn every Christian alive today and leave a single copy of the scriptures, remaining the Christian church will spring up again tomorrow." With the counsel of the apostate Christian in mind the emperor ordered that all scriptures be destroyed.
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.