U.S. Census Bureau statistics revealed that as recently as in 2012, 15% of Americans were in poverty and 14.5% of our households were food-deprived. We clearly need prophets who will condemn these unjust evil trends and point us to new options. John the Baptist was a prophet, and he provides us with a model for acting prophetically today. Martin Luther praised John for directing people away from himself to Christ (Complete Sermons, Vol. I/1, p. 122). He did not want people to imitate him and his lifestyle; he just pointed to Christ (Luther's Works, Vol. 22, p. 66).
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.