The year is 1989. A single man, a Chinese student, is standing on a Beijing street, holding
in his hand what appears to be a shopping bag. The man is standing ramrod-straight, his
back to the camera, like a soldier at attention. Stretching out before him is a whole
column of tanks, stopped dead in their tracks. The man is putting his very life on the line
for freedom -- and, for now at least, he appears to be winning!
In a few short weeks, Chinese troop transports will rumble into Tiananmen Square, and
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.