William Willimon tells the story of a bishop from Angola (the former Portuguese colony
in West Africa), who came to visit America, some years back. The bishop was speaking
to a group of Christians.
"Is the new Marxist government supportive of the church?" the Americans asked.
"No," said the bishop, "but we don't ask it to be supportive." He then went on to tell how
his country's government had banned many church meetings, but how the Christians
stubbornly went on meeting, all the same.
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.