Goliath is Super Huge, and How We Tell Our Stories Really, Really Matters #LectioCast

LectioCastLectionary Commentary for the Fourth Sunday After Pentecost (Year B). Daniel talks with guest host Bo Sanders who drops four-point sermons about David and Goliath and reading the psalms. Daniel comes back with his own three pointer to cover 2 Cor 6, and Mark 4 gets them agreeing that God is dynamically involved in the world.

The texts this week include 1 Samuel 17:32-49, Psalm 9:9-20, 2 Cor 6:1-13 & Mark 4:35-41

Homebrewed’s own Bo Sanders joins Daniel Kirk for the latest installment of LectioCast.

1 Sam 17 Bo lays out the four smooth stones for tackling the David and Goliath story. Daniel discovers a surprise ending to the story but can’t touch Malcom Gladwell.

Psalm 9 Daniel channels Cornel West. He even wants us to embrace the corporate recitation of psalms that ask God to judge and smite our enemies—but don’t hold either against him until you hear why. Bo and Daniel agree that our problems are God problems. And if Bo and Daniel agree, that’s pretty much gospel truth.

2 Cor 6 Daniel apparently gets jealous of Bo’s four-point sermons, because he drops his own three-pointer to break down 2 Cor 6. Daniel and Bo try to embrace the upside-down understanding of the world that Paul models for us.

Mark 4 Storms are more than nature. Can Jesus the teacher overcome demonic powers? Ps 89 looms in the background. We catch a glimpse of God as someone dynamically engaged with the world—even our own worlds.

Bo gets the quest for a tagline started. Please bail him out. I think it’s safe to say that need some help here. We’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments section.

Endnotes: Here are the three books Bo mentioned in the episode.

Malcom Gladwell, David and Goliath

Ched Meyers, Binding the Strong Man (commentary on the Gospel of Mark)

Brian McLaren, The Secret Message of Jesus 

Tom Wright, Mark for Everyone

Daniel Kirk is a writer, speaker, blogger, and New Testament professor who lives in San Francisco, CA. He Daniel Kirk-202holds a Ph.D. in New Testament from Duke University and is the author of a pair of books, Unlocking Romans: Resurrection and the Justification of God and Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul? His third book A Man Attested by God: the Human Jesus of the Synoptic Gospels, is off to the printers. He blogs regularly at StoriedTheology.com  (jrdkirk.com). You can follow him on Twitter @jrdkirk and on Facebook at Facebook.com/jrdkirk.


Bo is wrapping up a PhD in Practical Theology at Claremont School of Theology while in full-time ministry. He is a pastor, coffee shop theologian, tattoo evangelist, and a soccer fan. His field of Practical Theology bosandershas an inter-disciplinary approach which allows him to be engaged in a wide analysis of diverse subjects. Academically, he is in conversation with 4 main areas of study including Sociology of Religion, Postcolonial Studies, Critical Race Theory, and Comparative Theology.

You can find his HomeBrewed Blogs here. You might want to start with his 3 part series of ‘Why I’m Into Practical Theology‘, ‘Constructivism‘, and ‘When Good Isn’t Enough‘. He also had a popular series this Sumer on the ABC’s of Theology. Bo is helping to launch an emergent style gathering at his church in LA called the Loft, and you can connect with him on Facebook or Twitter (@theBoSanders).

Douglas Ottati on a Liberal Christian Christology

PYM Tripp 181On this episode out of the HBC barrel room you will get to hear from one of the most prolific living liberal theologians – Douglas Ottati. The interview centers around his controversial Christology Jesus Christ and Christian Vision Ottati is the Craig Family Distinguished Professor of Reformed Theology and Justice at Davidson University in North Carolina. 

Make sure to check out his other appearances on the podcast: The Genealogy of Liberal Theology from the Progressive Youth Ministry Conference and Why write a liberal theology? where we discuss volume one God the Creator in Theology for Liberal Protestants.

God Repents and So Can You! #LectioCast

LectioCastJune 14: Third Sunday After Pentecost

Texts this week include: 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13, Psalm 20, 2 Corinthians 5:6-10 (11-13) 14-17 & Mark 4:26-34

This is another bunch of texts that’s hard to hold together.

1 Sam is about David’s anointing. Note the place of God in the first paragraphs: sorry God made Saul king, God provides for God’s self an alternative king who will be anointed for God. Contrast the process through which Saul was chosen.

1 Sam also has its own “inward” v “outward” contrast (cf. 2 Cor from last week). God looking at heart. This helps underscore contrast with Saul the tall. Other contrasts with Saul are important: David is taken from tending sheep (shepherding imagery, cf. Moses, etc.) whereas Saul was chasing down lost donkeys. David receives Spirit when he’s anointed, and in the next verse after this passage ends we hear that God’s Spirit departed from Saul.

Psalm 20 is directed toward the king, it seems. Maybe ask the question, Who is the “you” that the psalm addresses? I note also the conjunction of themes of God as warrior and the ability to answer the king’s prayer requests. Interestingly, it’s a psalm for victory in battle, but fighting differently than the nations. Maybe we do a Christologcial riff here on how Jesus brings the Kingdom?

2 Cor 5: there’s that scary line about being judged by our deeds–a sort of eschatological rendition of what we saw in the Psalm: what we do determines who God treats us. On the famous part of the passage, focus on how the whole salvation imagery is cosmic and corporate: new creation, not just new creatures.

Mark 4: surprise of the Kingdom. Maybe this is like the OT passages: it’s not what we can see standing in power and glory, but KoG is hidden in weak and small things. In the mustard seed parable there might be an allusion to Dan 4:12, an image of the reign extending over the whole earth.

Phyllis Tickle on the Great Emergence [Barrel Aged]

cdtickle1This is Phyllis Tickle‘s first visit to the podcast back in 2008. It was a blast then and now. We discuss her book The Great Emergence.

You can also check out her visit where we discussed her follow-up text Emergence Christianity and then the EPIC live event when she last came to LA.

Introductions to Process Theology

Here are four different theologians introducing Process theology. Enjoy!

The Center for Process Studies has been uploading a bunch of videos recently. If you are wise you will subscribe to their YouTube channel so you don’t miss these gems as they are released.

Escaping God at Church and Blaspheming of the Holy Spirit #LectioCast

It’s the LectioCast! Thanks for all the initial support. Daniel and I are thrilled at the initial response and can’t believe after just our 2nd episode we have been in the top 10 on iTunes and in Religion’s “New and Noteworthy” list. If you haven’t reviewed or subscribed the the show go ahead and do it.

The texts this week are 1 Samuel 8:4-11 (12-15), 16-20 (11:14-15), Psalm 138, 2 Cor 4:13-5:1 & Mark 3:20-35.

This week we discuss…Daniel Kirk-202

  • Luther’s commentary on idolatry
  • the desire to escape God through religion
  • why God is against having kings
  •  participating in the resurrection without escapism
  • God’s work in and through our suffering
  • the conversion of imagination
  • Jesus’ style of Messiahship
  • the oppression of religious & family narratives
  • where babies (and Jesus’ brothers) come from
  • the blaspheming of the Holy Spirit (Daniel is against it)



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