Isaiah 40:21-31 (Psalm 147:1-11, 20c); 1 Corinthians 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39
The Christian church was born with Simon Peter’s mother-in-law.
Several decades ago, when I was filling out my application for seminary admission, I came to a question that asked me to provide biblical justification for my calling. I knew I wanted to attend seminary, but found it difficult to state why. Then I remembered my Wesley Foundation pastor preaching on 1 Corinthians 9:16b, and I wrote, “Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel.” The text expressed the urgency I felt and even a tinge of divine necessity—although I think I knew even then that I was going a bit too far.
We know things only insofar as we can describe their likeness.