Who is Jesus? This is the most popular question in the church as well as in the world during the 1990s. In 1996 three top secular magazines in America, Time, Newsweek, and U.S. News and World Report, carried feature articles on the subject of Jesus and had a portrait of him on the front cover. The three main television networks, ABC, CBS, and NBC, featured the question on their news programs. Dozens of books have been written on the subject. Jesus is the primary discussion topic among New Testament scholars, theologians, and churchmen.
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.